own


own
own own [əʊn ǁ oʊn] verb [transitive]
to have or possess something that is legally yours:

• He still owns shares in the company.

• The company is owned by a foreign consortium.

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Ⅰ.
own UK US /əʊn/ verb [T]
to have something that legally belongs to you: »

He has owned the business since 1995.

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The group owns assets worth $620 million.

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This gave many people the opportunity to own their own home for the first time.

to accept responsibility for something such as an idea: »

For the reorganization to work, employees need to own the idea of change.

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own UK US /əʊn/ adjective
belonging or relating to a particular person rather than to other people: »

She started her own business selling cameras.

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The software helps you create your own website.

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He invested €5 million of his own money.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Own — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Own — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • own — See: COME INTO ONE S OWN, DOSE OF ONE S OWN MEDICINE, HOLD ONE S OWN, IN A WORLD OF ONE S OWN, KEEP ONE S OWN COUNSEL, OF ONE S OWN ACCORD or OF ONE S OWN FREE WILL, ON ONE S OWN ACCOUNT or ON ONE S OWN HOOK, ON ONE S OWN TIME, SIGN ONE S OWN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • own — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English owen, from Old English āgen; akin to Old High German eigan own, Old Norse eiginn, Old English āgan to possess more at owe Date: before 12th century 1. belonging to oneself or itself usually used following a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • own up — {v.}, {informal} To take the blame; admit your guilt; confess. * /When Mr. Jones asked who broke the window, Johnny owned up./ * /Mary owned up to having borrowed her sister s sweater./ * /When Mother saw that someone had broken the vase, Billy… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • own up — {v.}, {informal} To take the blame; admit your guilt; confess. * /When Mr. Jones asked who broke the window, Johnny owned up./ * /Mary owned up to having borrowed her sister s sweater./ * /When Mother saw that someone had broken the vase, Billy… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Own goal — An own net occurs in goal scoring games when a player scores a goal that is registered against his or her own team. It is usually accidental, and may be a result of an attempt at defensive play that failed or was spoiled by opponents. The term… …   Wikipedia

  • To hold one's own — Own 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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