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Everyone has their own idea of what democracy means.
You are free to do what you like in your own home.
She has two small children of her own.
A large school like this should really have a bus of its own.
The club now has its very own radio station.
Alan had always done his own washing and mending.
If she was disappointed, it was her own fault for expecting too much.
an achievement that was largely due to Stanley’s own efforts
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time
a type of broom made with sticks and twigs. Witches are often shown riding through the air on...
an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners
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Definition and synonyms of own from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.