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Definition own

Etymology 1

From Middle English ownen, from Old English āgnian (“to own”). Cognate with German eignen, Swedish ägna, Icelandic eiga. See also the related term owe.


own (third-person singular simple present owns, present participle owning, simple past and past participle owned)

  1. (transitive) To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); to have legal title to.
  2. (transitive) To have recognized political sovereignty over a place, territory, as distinct from the ordinary connotation of property ownership.
  3. (transitive) To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.
  4. (transitive) To virtually or figuratively enslave.
  5. (online gaming, slang) To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
  6. (transitive, computing, slang) To illicitly obtain superuser or root access to a computer system, thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.

Etymology 2

From Middle English owen, aȝen, from Old English āgen (“own, proper, peculiar”), from Proto-Germanic *aiganaz (“own”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyḱ- (“to have, possess”). Cognate with Scots ain (“own”), Saterland Frisian oain (“own”), Dutch, German and Norwegian Nynorsk eigen (“own”), Norwegian Bokmål and Swedish egen (“own”), Icelandic eigin (“own”).



  1. Belonging to; possessed; proper to. Often marks a possessive determiner as reflexive, referring back to the subject of the clause or sentence.
  2. (obsolete) Peculiar, domestic.
  3. (obsolete) Not foreign.

Etymology 3

From Middle English unnen (“to favour, grant”), from Old English unnan (“to grant, allow, recognise, confess”) or geunnan (“to allow, grant, bestow; to concede”), from Proto-Germanic *unnaną (“to grant, bestow”). Akin to German gönnen (from Old High German gi- + unnan), Old Norse unna (Danish unde). In Gothic only the substantive ????? (ansts) is attested.


own (third-person singular simple present owns, present participle owning, simple past and past participle owned)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To grant; give.
  2. (intransitive) To admit, concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny.
  3. (transitive) To admit; concede; acknowledge.
  4. (transitive) To answer to.
  5. (transitive) To recognise; acknowledge.
  6. (transitive) To claim as one's own.
  7. (intransitive, Britain dialectal) To confess.

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