How to use
always after a possessive
used to emphasize that something belongs to or is connected with a particular person or thing and not any other
Bring 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 own
We 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.
used to emphasize that someone did or made something without the help or involvement of anyone else
She makes a lot of her own clothes.
We encourage students to develop their own ideas.
for leaving the window open.
(all) on your own
I've been living on my own for four years now.
He didn't want to be
without anyone's help
You can't expect him to do it all on his own.
I can manage on my own, thanks.
for your own good/safety/benefit etc
if you do something for someone's own good etc, you do it to help them even though they might not like it or want it
I'm only telling you this for your own good.
He was kept away from the other prisoners for his own safety.
too nice/clever etc for your own good
used to say that someone has too much of a good quality so that it may be a disadvantage
Stephen can be too generous for his own good.
get your own back (on somebody)
to do something bad to someone who has harmed you, as a way of punishing them
She wanted to get her own back on Liz for ruining her party.
be your own man/woman
to have strong opinions and intentions that are not influenced by other people
Hilary's very much her own woman.
make something your own
to change or deal with something in a way that makes it seem to belong to you
Great singers can take an old song and make it their own.
only after possessive words like
my, John's, the company's
➔ come into your own
; ➔ hold your own
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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