From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishownown1 /əʊn $ oʊn/ ●●●S1W1 adjective, pronoun [always after a possessive]1OWNused to emphasize that something belongs to or is connected with a particular person or thing and not any otherBring your own equipment.Every dance has its own rhythm.The yacht was intended for the King’s own personal use.His face was only a few inches from her own.of your ownWe have problems of our own.I’d like to have a place of my own (=my own home).your very own (=used to add more emphasis)One day I want to have a horse of my very own.something to call your own/which you can call your own (=something that belongs to you)She just wanted a place to call her own.2INDEPENDENT PERSONHELPused to emphasize that someone did or made something without the help or involvement of anyone elseShe makes a lot of her own clothes.We encourage students to develop their own ideas.It’s your own fault for leaving the window open.3 →(all) on your own4 →for your own good/safety/benefit etc5 →too nice/clever etc for your own good6 →get your own back (on somebody)7 →be your own man/woman8 →make something your own → come into your ownat come1(6), → hold your ownat hold1(24)Grammar• You say my own, her own, their own etc: They miss their own country.The town has its own station.✗Don’t say: They miss the own country. | The town has an own station.• You can also say of my own, of her own, of their own etc: I want to have a room of my own.Each house has a garden of its own.
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of your own• Our neighbours let us use their garage, but we really need one of our own.• Yet on this tax cut issue Dole has little credibilityof his own.• The charity provides accommodation for homeless people, and helps them find homes of their own.• But once set in motion, the enormousmachinery of a traditionalwedding had a life of its own.• One is killed, or lives as a cringinginferior who may never have cubsof her own.• He has three young daughtersof his own, and loses no time in stamping his authority on the entirebrood.• How does a bat keep trackof its ownechoes, and avoid being misled by the echoes of others?• They've got ideas of their own, go their own way.• She could use this capital to dictate the form of reconstruction and to extend the areas of her owninfluence.• The couple said they spent more than $ 2,000 of their own money to build a new home.own fault• Anyway, I was brought up to believe that whatever happens to people is their own fault.• But he knew that people thought otherwise, and that their falseimpression was his own fault.• He had misjudged the situation, and if he had added to his problems, it was his own fault.• The impression we got was that they thought it was pretty much his own fault.• These were groups in need of institutional care and whose need could not always be attributed to their own fault.• My customer did not like his loss, but it was just as much his own fault as mine.• And I know he's nasty to Auntie Lou sometimes but it's her own fault because she lets him be.• You could not mistake the absoluteassumption that this mess was not only their own fault but something to be ashamed of.ownown2 ●●●S2W2 verb [transitive]1OWNto have something which belongs to you, especially because you have bought it, been given it etc and it is legally yours → possessThe building is owned by the local council.You need to get permission from the farmer who owns the land.Many more people now own their own homes.the cost of owning a carpublicly/privately owned British English (=belonging to the government or a private organization)a privately owned company2 →as if/as though/like you own the place3old-fashionedTRUE to admit that something is trueown (that)I own that I judged her harshly at first.own toI must own to a feeling of anxiety.4informal to defeat someone very easily or by a large amountOur team totally owned them!GRAMMAR: Using the progressiveOwn is not used in the progressive. You say: They own several cars.✗Don’t say: They are owning several cars.THESAURUSown if you own something, it legally belongs to youThey live in a flat but they don’t own it.The land is owned by farmers.a privately owned planehave [not in passive] to own something – used when focussing on the fact that someone has the use of something, rather than the fact that they legally own itHow many students have a cell phone?I wish I had a sports car.possess [not in passive] formal to own somethingIt is illegal to possess a firearm in Britain.I don’t even possess a smart suit!belong to somebody/something [not in passive] if something belongs to you, you own itThe ring belonged to my grandmother.hold to own shares in a companyOne man holds a third of the company’s shares.be the property of somebody/something formal to be owned by someone – written on signs, labels etcThis camera is the property of the BBC. →own up→ See Verb table