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Etymology 1[уреди]

From Средњи Енглески ownen, from Стари Енглески āgnian (to own). Cognate with Немачки eignen, Шведски ägna, Исландски eiga. See also the related term owe.


own (third-person singular simple present owns, present participle owning, simple past and past participle owned)

  1. (transitive) To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); to have legal title to.
    I own this car.
  2. (transitive) To have recognized political sovereignty over a place, territory, as distinct from the ordinary connotation of property ownership.
    The United States owns Point Roberts by the terms of the Treaty of Oregon.
  3. (transitive) To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.
    I will own my enemies.
    If he wins, he will own you.
  4. (transitive) To virtually or figuratively enslave.
  5. (online gaming, slang) To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled pwn.
  6. (transitive, computing, slang) To illicitly obtain superuser or root access to a computer system, thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.
Derived terms[уреди]
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Etymology 2[уреди]

From Средњи Енглески owen, aȝen, from Стари Енглески āgen (own, proper, peculiar), from Пра-Германски *aiganaz (own), from Пра-Индо-Европски *h₂eyḱ- (to have, possess). Cognate with Шкотски ain (own), Saterland Frisian oain (own), Холандски, Немачки and Norwegian Nynorsk eigen (own), Norwegian Bokmål and Шведски egen (own), Исландски eigin (own).

Alternative forms[уреди]

  • 'n (informal contraction)



  1. Belonging to; possessed; proper to. Often marks a possessive determiner as reflexive, referring back to the subject of the clause or sentence.
  2. (obsolete) Peculiar, domestic.
  3. (obsolete) Not foreign.
Usage notes[уреди]
  • implying ownership, often with emphasis. In modern usage, it always follows a possessive pronoun, or a noun in the possessive case.
Derived terms[уреди]

Etymology 3[уреди]

From Средњи Енглески unnen (to favour, grant), from Стари Енглески unnan (to grant, allow, recognise, confess) or geunnan (to allow, grant, bestow; to concede), from Пра-Германски *unnaną (to grant, bestow). Akin to Немачки gönnen (from Old High German gi- + unnan), Old Norse unna (Дански unde).[1] In Готски only the substantive 𐌰𐌽𐍃𐍄𐍃 (ansts) is attested.[2]


own (third-person singular simple present owns, present participle owning, simple past and past participle owned)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To grant; give.
  2. (intransitive) To admit, concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny.
  3. (transitive) To admit; concede; acknowledge.
    • 1611, Shakespeare, The Tempest, v.:
      Two of those fellows you must know and own.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 1, Jocelin of Brakelond
      It must be owned, the good Jocelin, spite of his beautiful childlike character, is but an altogether imperfect 'mirror' of these old-world things!
  4. (transitive) To answer to.
  5. (transitive) To recognise; acknowledge.
    to own one as a son
  6. (transitive) To claim as one's own.
  7. (intransitive, Британија dialectal) To confess.


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  • 1896, Universal Dictionary of the English Language [UDEL], v3 p3429:
    To possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to.
  • 1896, ibid., UDEL
  • 1896, ibid., UDEL
  • 1896, ibid., UDEL
  • Notes:
  1. own in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  2. Etymology of the German cognate in Deutsches Wörterbuch





  1. aw (used to express affection)


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