of, relating 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, preceded by a possessive):
He insists on being his own doctor.
verb (used with object)
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 totally defeat, gain control over, or dominate in a competition: I totally owned the last two levels of the game.
He owned the season from beginning to end and took the world title.
to take over a (a computer system, program, or computer) without authorization:
The network has been owned by a hacker.
verb (used without object)
to confess (often followed by to, up, or up to):
The one who did it had better own up. I own to being uncertain about that.
come into one’s own,
get one’s own back, 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.
hold one’s own,
of one’s own, belonging to oneself:
She had never had a room of her own.
on one’s own,
determiner (preceded by a possessive)
on behalf of oneself or in relation to oneself: he is his own worst enemy
come into one’s own
(informal) get one’s own back, to have revenge
hold one’s own, to maintain one’s situation or position, esp in spite of opposition or difficulty
on one’s own
(transitive) to have as one’s possession
when intr, often foll by up, to, or up to. to confess or admit; acknowledge
(transitive; takes a clause as object) (rare) to concede: I own that you are right
Old English agen “one’s own,” literally “possessed by,” from Proto-Germanic *aigana- “possessed, owned” (cf. Old Saxon egan, Old Frisian egin, Old Norse eiginn, Dutch eigen, German eigen “own”), from past participle of PIE *aik- “to be master of, possess,” source of Old English agan “to have” (see owe).
evolved in early Middle English from Old English geagnian, from root agan “to have, to own” (see owe), and in part from the adjective own (q.v.). It became obsolete after c.1300, but was revived early 17c., in part as a back-formation of owner (mid-14c.), which continued. Related: Owned; owning. To own up “make full confession” is from 1853.
- Own medicine
see: dose of one’s own medicine
- Own someone
verb To dominate, rule over; to kick (someone’s) ass: chief resident owns the newbies
[oh-wos-oh] /oʊˈwɒs oʊ/ noun 1. a city in central Michigan.
[ous] /aʊs/ noun, plural owsen [ou-suh n, -zuh n] /ˈaʊ sən, -zən/ (Show IPA). Scot. and North England. 1. .