adjective & pronoun
- 1Used with a possessive to emphasize that someone or something belongs or relates to the person mentioned: [as adjective]: they can’t handle their own children I was an outcast among my own kind [as pronoun]: the Church would look after its ownMore example sentences
- The other five of the same colour is not a trump - it belongs to its own suit.
- Given political independence, Scottish Tories would be free to set their own radical agenda.
- We'd be interested to see whether our readers' views concur with our own so feel free to make use of the comment boxes.
- 1.1Done or produced by and for the person mentioned: [as adjective]: I used to design all my own clothes [as pronoun]: they claimed the work as their ownMore example sentences
- She has blasted celebrities who bring out their own clothes ranges.
- As a child, Ismat was inspired by her mother, who used to make her own clothes.
- Instead we consciously fashion our own adaptations, from clothes to cars to weapons.
- 1.2Particular to the person or thing mentioned; individual: [as adjective]: the style had its own charm [as pronoun]: the film had a quality all its ownMore example sentences
- The machine is programmed to each individual's own unique hand characteristics.
- All the pubs on our route have their own individual atmosphere and characters.
- You will soon realise each of these humorous birds has its own individual personality.
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- 1 [with object] Have (something) as one’s own; possess: his father owns a restaurant (as adjective, in combination -owned) a state-owned companyMore example sentences
- You never nurse the slightest notion of ever owning those clothes.
- His parents live in Kolkata; his father owns a portrait photo studio and his mother is a floral stylist.
- Her father, who owns a bank, is reputed to be the wealthiest man in Spain.
- 2 [no object] • formal Admit or acknowledge that something is the case or that one feels a certain way: she owned to a feeling of profound jealousy [with clause]: he was reluctant to own that he was indebted
- 2.1 [with object] Take or acknowledge full responsibility for (something): I emphasize the importance of owning our anger and finding ways to control itMore example sentences
- Own your anger by expressing it with "I" statements: "I really get mad when you leave dirty dishes in the sink."
- Just because you're scared of something now doesn't mean you won't own your fear in days to come.
- 3 [with object] US • informal Utterly defeat or humiliate: yeah right, she totally owned you, manMore example sentences
- So now I owned you so much to the point that you rely on using quotes from movies as comebacks instead of creating your own?
- I owned you guys. Admit it please.
as if (or like) one owns the place
- • informal In an overbearing or self-important manner: he would have walked in and taken charge as if he owned the placeMore example sentences
- She walks around my apartment as if she owns the place and tells me what I can and can't do and the way it's going to be.
- If he walks up like he owns the place, he's probably going to treat women like property.
be one's own man (or woman)
- 1Act independently and with confidence: I must show them that I am my own man, not merely my father’s shadow behind everything she did was a raw power that emphasized she was her own womanMore example sentences
- Gregory accepts the volatile nature of the industry but intends to be his own man and is confident of making a success of the job.
- Now Russell, 48, is his own man and is beginning to exude a confidence and gentle humour that wasn't always to the fore when he was finance director.
- For the first time in a long while he found himself able to walk to the docks with his head held high, confident in the knowledge that he was his own man once more.
come into its (or one's) own
- Become fully effective, used, or recognized: the two folk languages will at last come into their ownMore example sentences
- Flora fully came into her own after she was invited to join the Red Cross as a nurse and travel to Serbia in the First World War.
- He more fully came into his own in the '60s as the work of younger artists created a new climate for radical abstraction.
- Twentysomethings were defining their buying habits, coming into their own politically and were underserved creatively on television.
hold one's own
- Retain a position of strength in a challenging situation: Britain has begun to hold its own in world marketsMore example sentences
- And I always like the challenge of trying to hold my own with a fellow competitor.
- Troy had about forty pounds of almost pure muscle on her but despite his advantage of experience and strength Kari was holding her own.
- If you become skilled, you'll hold your own in almost any situation.
of one's own
- Belonging to oneself alone: at last I’ve got a place of my ownMore example sentences
- You need to build up a life of your own for whatever the future may hold.
- There is even a tattoo parlour out back just in case you get inspired and want a bit of flesh art of your own.
- The result is an unashamed escape - guaranteed to lead you into dreams of your own.
on one's own
- Unaccompanied by others; alone or unaided: she’s not here now and I have to do things on my own these are exercises one can do on one’s ownMore example sentences
alone, all alone, (all) by oneself, in a solitary state, single, solitary, unaccompanied, companionless, partnerless, unattended, unescorted, unchaperoned, solo• informal by one's lonesomeunaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, (all) by oneself, (all) alone, by one's own efforts, under one's own steam, independently, single-handed(ly), standing on one's own two feet, off one's own bat, on one's own initiative
- It was considered quite safe to travel on your own and come back alone even late at night.
- This Canadian joker couldn't tie his shoelaces on his own, let alone win a major title.
- Rome is a city for lovers, not for single 36 year men with beards who are on their own.
- Admit to having done something wrong or embarrassing: he owns up to few mistakesMore example sentences
- That was to his credit, as many people did the opposite and people should be encouraged to own up for their wrong doings.
- Both, understandably, want to talk about where they go from here, but they have to own up to what went wrong.
- He figured out what was wrong and owned up to his mistake.
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.