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verb [transitive] disown pronunciation in British English /dɪsˈəʊn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledisowning
past tensedisowned
past participledisowned
  1. to say that you no longer want to be connected with someone or something, for example because you are ashamed of them

    I think my parents would disown me if I ever got a tattoo.



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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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