own Definition

  • 1to have something that belongs to you
  • 2used to emphasize that someone does something without help from anyone else
  • 3used to say that something is true about a particular person or thing and not about anyone or anything else

Using own: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "own" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I own a car.

  • Example

    She owns her own business.

  • Example

    He owned the company until he retired.

  • Example

    I did it all on my own.

  • Example

    She has her own style.

  • Example

    Each country has its own customs.

own Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with own

  • to be independent and think for yourself


    She's always been her own person, never following the crowd.

  • to become very good at something after starting badly or after a period of not being successful


    After a slow start to the season, the team has come into their own and won five games in a row.

  • alone, without help from anyone else


    I moved to a new city and had to figure everything out on my own.


Summary: own in Brief

The verb 'own' [oสŠn] means to possess something, to do something independently, or to describe something as belonging to a particular person or thing. Examples include 'I own a car,' 'I did it all on my own,' and 'Each country has its own customs.' Phrases like 'be your own person' and 'come into your own' denote independence and success, respectively.

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