Definition of own verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    own

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//oʊn//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they own
    BrE BrE//əʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//oʊn//
     
    he / she / it owns
    BrE BrE//əʊnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//oʊnz//
     
    past simple owned
    BrE BrE//əʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//oʊnd//
     
    past participle owned
    BrE BrE//əʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//oʊnd//
     
    past simple owning
    BrE BrE//ˈəʊnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊnɪŋ//
     
    past participle owning
    BrE BrE//ˈəʊnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [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!
  2. 2[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.
  3. Word Origin Old English āgen (adjective and pronoun) ‘owned, possessed’, past participle of āgan ‘owe’; the verb (Old English āgnian ‘possess’, also ‘make own's own’) was originally from the adjective, later probably reintroduced from owner.Extra examples He committed the crime with a gun that he legally owned. Only when the means of production were communally owned would classes disappear. She owns the house jointly with her husband. The car was once owned by Elvis Presley. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of SNL Research. The museum is privately owned. They dreamed of owning their own home. Don’t tell me what to do—you don’t own me! I don’t own anything of any value.Idioms
    behave/act as if you own the place, think you own the place
     
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    (disapproving) to behave in a very confident way that annoys other people, for example by telling them what to do
    Phrasal Verbsown up
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