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Meaning of OWN

Pronunciation:  own

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"

OWN is a 3 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: have, possess
 See Also: prepossess



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Own\ ([=o]n), v. t. [OE. unnen to grant, permit, be pleased
    with, AS. unnan to grant; akin to OS. giunnan, G. g["o]nnen,
    Icel. unna; of uncertain origin. This word has been confused
    with own to possess.]
    To grant; to acknowledge; to admit to be true; to confess; to
    recognize in a particular character; as, we own that we have
    forfeited your love.
          The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide; But
          his sagacious eye an inmate owns.        --Keats.
  2. \Own\, a. [OE. owen, awen, auen, aughen, AS. [=a]gen, p. p.
    of [=a]gan to possess; akin to OS. [=e]gan, G. & D. eigen,
    Icel. eiginn, Sw. & Dan. egen. [root]110. See {Owe}.]
    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; as, my own father; my own
    composition; my own idea; at my own price. ``No man was his
    own [i. e., no man was master of himself, or in possession of
    his senses].'' --Shak.
    {To hold one's own}, to keep or maintain one's possessions;
       to yield nothing; esp., to suffer no loss or disadvantage
       in a contest. --Shak.
  3. \Own\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Owned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Owning}.] [OE. ohnien, ahnien, AS. [=a]gnian, fr. [=a]gen
    own, a. See {Own}, a.]
    To hold as property; to have a legal or rightful title to; to
    be the proprietor or possessor of; to possess; as, to own a
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