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 particular person 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 own eyes/heard it with my own ears.
"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 our family, 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 officially working:

You may only use company computers to access the Web in your own time.

More examples

  • They have no children of their own, but they're hoping to adopt.
  • Now you can watch the latest films in the comfort of your own room.
  • She said that she didn't want a lawyer and was going to conduct her own defence.
  • Her death made him more aware of his own mortality.
  • We now have our very own post office in the village.

ownverb

uk /əʊn/ us /oʊn/

own verb (HAVE LEGALLY)

B1 [ T not continuous ] to have something that legally belongs to you:

We own our house.
I've never owned a suit in my life.

More examples

  • They own 20% of the company's stock.
  • Who owns/holds the copyright on this article?
  • She owns a popular tourist restaurant on the town's waterfront.
  • The house is partly owned by her father.
  • I get a real kick out of owning my own car.

Phrasal verb(s)

(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 particular person or thing:

Mary has her own car.
You’ll have to fix your own dinner.
The police testified 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 restaurant please move it?

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “own” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"own" in Business English

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ownverb [ T ]

uk /əʊn/ us

to have something that legally belongs to you:

He has owned the business since 1995.
The group owns assets worth $620 million.
This gave many people the opportunity to own their own home for the first time.

to accept responsibility for something such as an idea:

For the reorganization to work, employees need to own the idea of change.

ownadjective

uk /əʊn/ us

belonging or relating to a particular person rather than to other people:

She started her own business selling 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)