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American English: /oʊn/
British English: /əʊn/

Translation of own in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (possess) (property)
    ser dueño de
    poseer [formal]
    they own all the surrounding land
    son dueños de todas las tierras de alrededor
    she owns several houses in the area
    es dueña de varias casas en la zona
    posee varias casas en la zona [formal]
    do you own the house?
    ¿la casa es tuya?
    she acts as if she owns the place
    se comporta como si fuera la dueña y señora del lugar
    the boat is partly owned by the school
    el barco pertenece en parte a la escuela
    I own six pairs of shoes
    tengo seis pares de zapatos
    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 (admit) [formal] I'll own that I was mistaken
    reconozco que estaba equivocado
    Example sentences
    • Hume was quite well aware that Berkeley would not have owned to being a sceptic.
    • A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong,

intransitive verb

  • [formal]to own to something
    reconocer algo
    I'm willing to own to my mistakes
    estoy dispuesto a reconocer mis errores


  • my/her/your etc. ownshe's started her own business
    ha montado un negocio propio
    in our own house
    en nuestra propia casa
    I saw it with my (very) own eyes I'd like to have my own room
    me gustaría tener una habitación para mí sola
    she makes her own clothes
    se hace la ropa ella misma
    it's all my own work
    lo hice todo yo
    I'll find my own way out
    no hace falta que me acompañe hasta la salida


  • my/her/your etc. ownit isn't a company car: it's her own
    no es un coche de la empresa, es suyo (propio)
    they looked after the baby as if he was their own
    cuidaron del niño como si fuera suyo
    I want to keep it for my (very) own
    lo quiero para mí solo
    she wanted a room of her (very) own
    quería una habitación para ella sola
    she has enough work of her own without helping you too
    tiene bastante trabajo propio como para estar ayudándote a ti
    for reasons of her own
    por razones particulares
    Florence has a charm all (of) its own
    Florencia tiene un encanto muy particular
    on one's own don't leave the children on their own
    no dejes a los niños solos
    he can't climb the stairs on his own
    no puede subir las escaleras (por sí) solo
    she runs the office on her own
    lleva la oficina ella sola
    I can't handle three kids on my own
    yo sola no puedo con tres niños
    you're on your own from now on
    de ahora en adelante te las arreglarás por tu cuenta
    to call something one's ownI can't call my house my own these days
    me tienen invadida la casa últimamente
    I don't have a moment to call my own
    no tengo ni un minuto para mí
    to come into one's owna washing machine comes into its own when you have children
    cuando tienes niños te das cuenta de lo que vale una lavadora
    she really comes into her own in the final act
    en el último acto es cuando verdaderamente se luce
    to get one's own back [colloquial] I can't wait to get my own back on him
    no veo el momento de desquitarme or de hacérselas pagar
    to hold one's own
    saber defenderse

Phrasal verbs

own up

verb + adverb
no one owned up
nadie reconoció or admitió tener la culpa
come on, own up
anda, reconócelo or confiésalo
to own up to something/-ingno one would own up to having left the window open
nadie quiso reconocer or admitir que había sido quien dejó la ventana abierta
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