own1 W1S1 [əun US oun] adj, pron [always after a possessive]
1.) used to emphasize that something belongs to or is connected with a particular person or thing and not any other
Bring your own equipment.
Every dance has its own rhythm.
The yacht was intended for the king's own personal use.
His face was only a few inches from her own.
of your own
We have problems of our own.
I'd like to have a place of my own (=my own home) .
your very own
(=used to add more emphasis)
One day I want to have a horse of my very own.
sth to call your own/which you can call your own
(=something that belongs to you)
She just wanted a place to call her own.
2.) used to emphasize that someone did or made something without the help or involvement of anyone else
She makes a lot of her own clothes.
We encourage students to develop their own ideas.
It's your own fault for leaving the window open.
3.) (all) on your own
a) alone
I've been living on my own for four years now.
He didn't want to be left on his own .
b) without anyone's help
You can't expect him to do it all on his own.
I can manage on my own, thanks.
4.) for your own good/safety/benefit etc
if you do something for someone's own good etc, you do it to help them even though they might not like it or want it
I'm only telling you this for your own good.
He was kept away from the other prisoners for his own safety.
5.) too nice/clever etc for your own good
used to say that someone has too much of a good quality so that it may be a disadvantage
Stephen can be too generous for his own good.
6.) get your own back (on sb) informal to do something bad to someone who has harmed you, as a way of punishing them
She wanted to get her own back on Liz for ruining her party.
7.) be your own man/woman
to have strong opinions and intentions that are not influenced by other people
Hilary's very much her own woman.
8.) make sth your own
to change or deal with something in a way that makes it seem to belong to you
Great singers can take an old song and make it their own.
come into your own atcome1 (6), hold your own athold1 (24)
Use own only after possessive words like my, John's, the company's etc
own 2
own2 W2S2 v [T not in progressive]
[: Old English; Origin: agnian, from agen 'own']
1.) to have something which belongs to you, especially because you have bought it, been given it etc and it is legally yours
The building is owned by the local council.
You need to get permission from the farmer who owns the land.
Many more people now own their own homes.
the cost of owning a car
publicly/privately owned
BrE (=belonging to the government or a private organization)
a privately owned company
2.) as if/as though/like you own the place informal
to behave in a way that is too confident and upsets other people
She acts like she owns the place!
They walked in as if they owned the place.
3.) old-fashioned to admit that something is true
own (that)
I own that I judged her harshly at first.
own to
I must own to a feeling of anxiety.
own up phr v
to admit that you have done something wrong, especially something that is not serious
Come on, own up. Who broke it?
own up to (doing) sth
No one owned up to breaking the window.
He was too frightened to own up to his mistake.
He still wouldn't own up to the fact that he'd lied.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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