own

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own is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
own

Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
own

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. If something is your own it belongs to you or is about you (often used for emphasis).
    I wish I had my own home.
    I bought it in my own name.
    The toy began to move as though it had a life of its own.
    accidents happen, and often in your very own home.
  2. If you are on your own, you are by yourself, there is no body else with you. This can also mean there is no one helping you.
    I was on my own in the woods.
    If you try to do that you're on your own - or at least I won't help you!

Usage[change]

  • In almost all cases, own must follow a possessive.
    She lives in her (not: an) own house.
    He repeated the president's own words. (not: He repeated the own words.)
  • There are a very small number of set phrases, such as an own goal, in which own doesn't need to follow a possessive.

Verb[change]

Plain form
own

Third-person singular
owns

Past tense
owned

Past participle
owned

Present participle
owning

  1. If you own something it belongs to you, it is yours.
    Yes, I own a car.
    I plan to build a house on the land I own.
  2. If you "own up" to something, you admit you did it.
    I had to own up to lying about our relationship.