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For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
James Boswell

Meaning of "own" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OWN

Old English āgen, originally past participle of āgan to have; related to Old Saxon ēgan, Old Norse eiginn.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OWN

own  [əʊn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OWN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Own is a verb and can also act as a determiner.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb own in English.



The determinant is a modifier that provides context to the noun, often in terms of quantity and possession.

WHAT DOES OWN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Ownership

Ownership of property may be private, collective, or common and the property may be of objects, land/real estate, intellectual property, or people. Determining ownership in law involves determining who has certain rights and duties over the property. These rights and duties, sometimes called a 'bundle of rights', can be separated and held by different parties. The process and mechanics of ownership are fairly complex: one can gain, transfer and lose ownership of property in a number of ways. To acquire property one can purchase it with money, trade it for other property, win it in a bet, receive it as a gift, inherit it, find it, receive it as damages, earn it by doing work or performing services, make it, or homestead it. One can transfer or lose ownership of property by selling it for money, exchanging it for other property, giving it as a gift, misplacing it, or having it stripped from one's ownership through legal means such as eviction, foreclosure, seizure, or taking. Ownership is self-propagating in that the owner of any property will also own the economic benefits of that property.

Definition of own in the English dictionary

The first definition of own in the dictionary is on behalf of oneself or in relation to oneself. Other definition of own is to have as one's possession. Own is also when intr, often foll by up, to, or up to to confess or admit; acknowledge.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OWN

PRESENT

Present
I own
you own
he/she/it owns
we own
you own
they own
Present continuous
I am owning
you are owning
he/she/it is owning
we are owning
you are owning
they are owning
Present perfect
I have owned
you have owned
he/she/it has owned
we have owned
you have owned
they have owned
Present perfect continuous
I have been owning
you have been owning
he/she/it has been owning
we have been owning
you have been owning
they have been owning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I owned
you owned
he/she/it owned
we owned
you owned
they owned
Past continuous
I was owning
you were owning
he/she/it was owning
we were owning
you were owning
they were owning
Past perfect
I had owned
you had owned
he/she/it had owned
we had owned
you had owned
they had owned
Past perfect continuous
I had been owning
you had been owning
he/she/it had been owning
we had been owning
you had been owning
they had been owning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will own
you will own
he/she/it will own
we will own
you will own
they will own
Future continuous
I will be owning
you will be owning
he/she/it will be owning
we will be owning
you will be owning
they will be owning
Future perfect
I will have owned
you will have owned
he/she/it will have owned
we will have owned
you will have owned
they will have owned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been owning
you will have been owning
he/she/it will have been owning
we will have been owning
you will have been owning
they will have been owning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would own
you would own
he/she/it would own
we would own
you would own
they would own
Conditional continuous
I would be owning
you would be owning
he/she/it would be owning
we would be owning
you would be owning
they would be owning
Conditional perfect
I would have own
you would have own
he/she/it would have own
we would have own
you would have own
they would have own
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been owning
you would have been owning
he/she/it would have been owning
we would have been owning
you would have been owning
they would have been owning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you own
we let´s own
you own
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to own
Past participle
owned
Present Participle
owning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OWN

owlish
owlishly
owlishness
own brand
own goal
own label
own-brand
own-label
ownable
owner
owner-driver
owner-occupation
owner-occupied
owner-occupied house
owner-occupier
ownerless
ownership
ownership flat
ownsome
owny-o

WORDS THAT END LIKE OWN

breakdown
Bridgetown
brown
crown
dawn
down
downtown
drawn
grown
known
lawn
on one´s own
out-of-town
Provincetown
shown
takedown
thrown
town
unknown
well-known

Synonyms and antonyms of own in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «OWN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «own» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of own

Translation of «own» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OWN

Find out the translation of own to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of own from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «own» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

自己的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

propio
570 millions of speakers

English

own
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

खुद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُلْكَه
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

собственный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

próprio
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নিজের
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

propre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sendiri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

eigen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自分自身の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자기 자신의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Duwe
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

của chính mình
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சொந்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वत: चे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kendi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

proprio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

własny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

власний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

propriu
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δικό μου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

eie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

egen
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

egen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of own

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OWN»

The term «own» is very widely used and occupies the 727 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OWN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «own» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «own» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about own

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «OWN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word own.
1
Jill Abramson
Having small children and being an investigative reporter would seem like a difficult mix, but it worked well for me. I was often working on my own enterprise stories, which were not as deadline sensitive.
2
Azzedine Alaia
Fashion will last forever. It will exist always. It will exist in its own way in each era.
3
Archibald Alexander
It is commonly said that men are forward to believe whatever is connected with their own interest. This in common cases is true; but it is also true, that when some very great and unexpected good news is brought to us, we find it very difficult to credit it.
4
Rudolf Arnheim
Today we no longer regard the universe as the cause of our own undeserved troubles but perhaps, on the contrary, as the last refuge from the mismanagement of our earthly affairs.
5
Melissa Bean
As a member of the House Committee on Small Business and because of my own experience as a small business owner, I am appreciative of the impact these small businesses have on our local economies.
6
Simone de Beauvoir
Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.
7
Jodi Benson
I can't sing, perform, do anything apart from Christ. I have no power or strength of my own.
8
Jane Birkin
I'd rather live on my own than live with a face that looks at me with the wrong eyes.
9
James Boswell
For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
10
Richard Branson
And obviously, from our own personal point of view, the principal challenge is a personal challenge.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OWN»

Discover the use of own in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to own and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior
An authoritative guide shares practical advice designed to help readers overcome self-defeating behaviors--including procrastination, obsession, self-pity, rebellion, and guilt--to effectively cope with the challenges and difficulties of ...
Mark Goulston, Philip Goldberg, 1996
2
Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the ...
Tracing the precise contours of black migration to the suburbs over the course of the whole last century and across the entire United States, "Places of Their Own" is a foundational book for anyone interested in the African-American ...
Andrew Wiese, 2005
3
A God of One's Own: Religion's Capacity for Peace and ...
A life of one's own, a room of one's own, a God of one's own: in the context of Western modernity, where the ethic of individual self-fulfilment has become a powerful current, religious faith, where it exists, has been channeled through the ...
Ulrich Beck, 2010
4
Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets
Build your own kitchen cabinets! You don't need a showroom full of equipment or expertise in calculus to build your own kitchen cabinets.
Danny Proulx, 2003
5
Test Your Own Aptitude
The ""job for life"" is being replaced by the ""self-managed career."" This latest edition brings the process of matching talent to opportunity up to date.
James Barrett, Jim Barrett, Geoffrey Williams, 2003
6
A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for ...
Discusses ritual events we regard as family traditions and how they must be open to perpetual revision so we can satisfy our human needs and changing circumstances.
John R. Gillis, 1997
7
A Room of One's Own
Why is it that men, and not women, have always had power, wealth, and fame? Woolf cites the two keys to freedom: fixed income and one’s own room. Foreword by Mary Gordon.
Virginia Woolf, 1989
8
Building Your Own Greenhouse
Discusses the background and principles of greenhouses, provides the basics of greenhouse construction, and shows examples of freestanding and attached greenhouses
Mark Freeman, 1997
9
Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the ...
The book also explores the impact of political struggles over race and class within the movement.
Sandra Morgen, 2002
10
My Own Country: A Doctor's Story
A young doctor of eastern Tennessee describes the town's first introduction to the AIDS virus, which preceded a disturbing epidemic and introduced the doctor to many unique people
Abraham Verghese, 1994

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OWN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term own is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Mike Trout has his own bobblehead ... and it's huge! | FOX Sports
As if the general public needed another reason to be jealous of Trout -- because who doesn't want their own life-sized bobblehead! «FOXSports.com, Jul 15»
2
Donald Trump: I Pay My Own Way, Unlike Bush, Walker or Clinton …
OSKALOOSA, Iowa—Donald Trump said there was no cap in the amount of money he would be willing to put into his campaign for the ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
3
Jamaal Charles reflects on his own disability in inspiring Special …
He wasn't just there to support the athletes -- he was there to share about his personal struggles with his own mental disability. The starting ... «SB Nation, Jul 15»
4
Dwyane Wade launches his own wine label in China
Trade target Cole Hamels no-hits the Cubs at Wrigley Field, striking out 13. It's the first time the Cubs have been no-hit since Sandy Koufax's ... «CBSSports.com, Jul 15»
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Baseball's seventh-inning stretch has its own glorious culture - The …
And in baseball, that's kind of what it is: You're sitting in your own seats, but the seventh- inning stretch is a time to stand up, look around, see ... «The Denver Post, Jul 15»
6
Ad exec who inspired 'Mad Men' plans to create his own series …
Jerry Della Femina — the legendary ad exec who Matt Weiner said inspired his hit AMC series “Mad Men” — is planning to launch his own ... «Page Six, Jul 15»
7
Fmr. NFL star catches his own friend burglarizing his house | 6abc.com
Berrian investigated the crime on his own before turning it over to Fresno police. The suspect was Berrian's longtime friend who he met at ... «6abc.com, Jul 15»
8
Rogue Minnesota DQ makes up own rules for ice cream treats - The …
The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minn., still operates mostly under the terms of a contract signed in 1949, when it opened. «The Denver Post, Jul 15»
9
Katie Pinke: Rooting kids to make their own decisions | Agweek
I've spent half of my life raising and caring for him, and now it's time to step back and watch him make his own decisions. Earlier this week, my ... «AG Week, Jul 15»
10
Limo company blames newsman Bob Simon for his own death - The …
The limousine company whose car CBS correspondent Bob Simon was killed in is blaming Simon for his own death because he wasn't ... «Allentown Morning Call, Jul 15»

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