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  Dictionary Definition of own

own
adjective
1. belonging or relating to oneself or itself (usu. 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 amongst 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.
-- verb (i)
6. to admit: to own to being uncertain.
-- phrase
7. be one's own master, to be independent.
8. come into one's own, a. to receive an inheritance. b. to be in a situation where particular skills or attributes are evident.
9. get one's own back, to have revenge.
10. of one's own, belonging to oneself.
11. on one's own, Colloquial on one's own account, responsibility, resources, etc.
12. own up, to acknowledge one's guilt.
[defs 1 and 2: ME owen; OE agen, originally pp. of agan have, possess. See OWE ; defs 3--6: ME ohnien, OE agnian, from agen OWN, adjective ]