own: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ōn), [key]
- of, pertaining to, or belonging to oneself or itself (usually used after a possessive to emphasize the idea of ownership, interest, or relation conveyed by the possessive): He spent only his own money.
- (used as an intensifier to indicate oneself as the sole agent of some activity or action, prec. by a possessive): He insists on being his own doctor.
- She finally came into her own as a sculptor of the first magnitude.
- to take possession of that which is due or owed one.
- to receive the recognition that one's abilities merit:She finally came into her own as a sculptor of the first magnitude.
- to get revenge and thereby a sense of personal satisfaction, as for a slight or a previous setback; get even with somebody or something: He saw the award as a way of getting his own back for all the snubs by his colleagues.
- The stock market seems to be holding its own these days.
- to maintain one's position or condition:The stock market seems to be holding its own these days.
- to be equal to the opposition:He can hold his own in any fight.
- belonging to oneself: She had never had a room of her own.
- Because she spoke the language, she got around the country very well on her own.
- by dint of one's own efforts, resources, or sense of responsibility; independently:Because she spoke the language, she got around the country very well on her own.
- living or functioning without dependence on others; independent:My son's been on his own for several years.
- to have or hold as one's own; possess: They own several homes.
- to acknowledge or admit: to own a fault.
- to acknowledge as one's own; recognize as having full claim, authority, power, dominion, etc.: He owned his child before the entire assembly. They owned the king as their lord.
- to confess (often fol. by to, up, or up to): The one who did it had better own up. I own to being uncertain about that.
- own (Thesaurus)