from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or belonging to oneself or itself: She makes her own clothes.
- n. That which belongs to one: I wanted a room of my own.
- transitive v. To have or possess as property: owns a chain of restaurants.
- transitive v. To have control over: For a time, enemy planes owned the skies.
- transitive v. To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge.
- intransitive v. To make a full confession or acknowledgment: When confronted with the evidence the thief owned up. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- idiom on (one's) own By one's own efforts: She got the job on her own.
- idiom on (one's) own Responsible for oneself; independent of outside help or control: He is now out of college and on his own.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); "To possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to." (Ref 1)
- v. To claim as one's own; to answer to.
- v. To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.
- v. To virtually or figuratively enslave.
- v. To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
- v. To illicitly obtain "super-user" or "root" access into a computer system thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.
- v. To admit to be true; concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny; to admit to be true. (Ref 2)
- v. To acknowledge or admit the possession or ownership of. (Ref 3)
- adj. Belonging to; possessed; proper to.
- adj. Peculiar, domestic.
- adj. Not foreign.
- v. To grant; give.
- v. To admit; concede; acknowledge.
- v. To recognise; acknowledge.
- v. To confess.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To grant; to acknowledge; to admit to be true; to confess; to recognize in a particular character.
- adj. Belonging to; belonging exclusively or especially to; peculiar; -- most frequently following a possessive pronoun, as my, our, thy, your, his, her, its, their, in order to emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar interest, or exclusive ownership
- transitive v. To hold as property; to have a legal or rightful title to; to be the proprietor or possessor of; to possess.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Properly or exclusively belonging to one's self or itself; pertaining to or characteristic of the subject, person or thing; peculiar; proper; exclusive; particular; individual; private: used after a possessive, emphasizing the possession: as, to buy a thing with one's own money; to see a thing with one's own eyes; he was beaten at his own game; mind your own business.
- [In this sense own is often used elliptically. the noun which it is to be regarded as qualifying being omitted: as, to hold one's own (that is, one's own ground, or one's own cause); a man can do as he likes with his own (that is, his own property, possessions, goods, etc.).
- Actual: used without a possessive, with to instead before the possessor: as, own brother to some one.
- To be free to control one's own time.
- To have or hold as one's own; possess; hold or possess rightfully or legally; nave and enjoy the right of property in; in a general sense, to have: as, to own a large estate, or a part interest in a ship.
- Synonyms Hold, Occupy, etc. See possess.
- To grant; give.
- To admit; concede; acknowledge: as, to own a fault; to own the force of a statement.
- To recognize; acknowledge: as, to own one as a son.
- Synonyms Admit, Confess, etc. See acknowledge.
- To confess: with to: as, to own to a fault.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive
- v. have ownership or possession of
Middle English owen, from Old English āgen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English owen, aȝen, from Old English āgen ("own, proper, peculiar"), from Proto-Germanic *aiganaz (“own”), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- (“to have, possess”). Cognate with Scots ain ("own"), Dutch eigen ("own"), German eigen ("own"), Swedish egen ("own"), Icelandic eigin ("own"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English unnen ("to favour, grant"), from Old English unnan ("to grant, allow, recognise, confess"), from Proto-Germanic *unnanan (“to grant, thank”), from Proto-Indo-European *ān- (“to notice”). Akin to German gönnen (from Old High German gi- + unnan), Old Norse unna (Danish unde). In Gothic only the substantive 𐌰𐌽𐍃𐍄𐍃 (ansts) is attested. (Wiktionary)