/oʊn / (say ohn)

1. belonging or relating to oneself or itself (usually used after a possessive to emphasise the idea of ownership, interest, or relation conveyed by the possessive): his own money.
2. (absolutely, with a possessive preceding) own property, relatives, etc.: to be among one's own.
verb (t)
3. to have or hold as one's own; possess.
4. to acknowledge or admit: to own a fault.
5. to acknowledge as one's own.
6. to have responsibility for and control over: to own the process.
7. Aboriginal English to acknowledge (someone) as having a close relationship incurring kin obligations.
verb (i)
8. to admit: to own to being uncertain.
9. be one's own master, to be independent.
10. come into one's own,
a. to receive an inheritance.
b. to be in a situation where particular skills or attributes are evident.
11. get one's own back, to have revenge.
12. I own you!, US Sport (an exclamation of triumph over a defeated competitor.)
13. of one's own, belonging to oneself.
14. on one's own (to),
a. on one's own account, responsibility, resources, etc.
b. by oneself; alone.
15. own up, (sometimes followed by to) to acknowledge one's guilt.
{defs 1 and 2 Middle English owen; Old English āgen, originally past participle of āgan own, possess; defs 3–8 Middle English ohnien, Old English agnian, from āgen (adjective)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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