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Meaning of “own” in the English Dictionary

"own" in British English

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owndeterminer, pronoun

uk   /əʊn/  us   /oʊn/
A2 belonging to or done by a ​particularperson or thing: Each ​neighbourhood in New York has ​its own ​characteristics. I'd like to have my very own ​apartment. He ​wanted an ​apartment of his own. She makes all her own ​clothes. I'm going to be out ​tonight, so you'll have to make ​your own ​dinner (= ​prepare it yourself). Was that ​your own ​idea or did someone ​suggest it to you? You'll have to make up ​your own ​mind (= ​decide by yourself) what you ​want to do. I'd never have ​believed it if I hadn't seen it with my owneyes/​heard it with my ownears. "Is that ​your mum's ​car?" "No, it's my own (= it ​belongs to me)." James Joyce ​wrote in a ​style that was all his own (= that was not like that of anyone ​else). We like to take ​care of ​our own (= take ​care of ​people who are ​members of ​ourfamily, or who ​work for us).(all) on your own B1 alone: I like ​living on my own. B1 mainly UK without any ​help: I did my ​buttons up all on my own, Dad .in your own time mainly UK If you do something in ​your own ​time, you do it at the ​speed at which you ​want to ​work. UK (US on your own time) during the ​time when you are not ​officiallyworking: You may only use ​companycomputers to ​access the Web in ​your own ​time.

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ownverb

uk   /əʊn/  us   /oʊn/
  • own verb (HAVE LEGALLY)

B1 [T not continuous] to have something that ​legallybelongs to you: We own ​ourhouse. I've never owned a ​suit in my ​life.

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  • own verb (ADMIT)

[I] old-fashioned to ​admit: [+ (that)] I own (that) I was not very ​happy with the group's ​decision.
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(Definition of own from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"own" in American English

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ownadjective

 us   /oʊn/
belonging to or done by a ​particularperson or thing: Mary has her own ​car. You’ll have to ​fixyour own ​dinner. The ​policetestified that the woman ​left of her own ​accord (= she ​chose to do it without being ​forced).

ownverb [T]

 us   /oʊn/
to have or ​possess something: We own some ​property in Texas.
owner
noun [C]  us   /ˈoʊ·nər/
Will the owner of the ​gray Ford ​parked in ​front of the ​restaurantplease move it?
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(Definition of own from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"own" in Business English

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ownverb [T]

uk   us   /əʊn/
to have something that ​legally belongs to you: He has owned the ​business since 1995. The ​group owns ​assetsworth $620 million. This gave many ​people the ​opportunity to own their own ​home for the first ​time.
to ​acceptresponsibility for something such as an ​idea: For the ​reorganization to ​work, ​employees need to own the ​idea of ​change.

ownadjective

uk   us   /əʊn/
belonging or ​relating to a particular ​person rather than to other ​people: She ​started her own ​businessselling cameras. The ​software helps you ​create your own ​website. He ​invested €5 million of his own ​money.
(Definition of own from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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