American English

Definition of own verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they own
    he / she / it owns
    past simple owned
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2[transitive] own something to have something that belongs to you, especially because you have bought it Do you own your house or do you rent it? I don't own anything of any value. Most of the apartments are privately owned. an American-owned company Does anyone own this coat? It was left in a classroom. Don't tell me what to do—you don't own me!
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] (old-fashioned) to admit that something is true own to something/to doing something He owned to a feeling of guilt. own (that)… She owned (that) she had been present.
  4. Idioms
    behave/act as if you own the place, think you own the place (disapproving)
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    to behave in a very confident way that annoys other people, for example by telling them what to do
    Phrasal Verbsown up (to something/to doing something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: own