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verb [transitive] own pronunciation in British English /əʊn/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyown
he/she/itowns
present participleowning
past tenseowned
past participleowned
  1. 1
    to legally have something, especially because you have bought it

    I've always wanted to own a little cottage by the sea.

    Before she died, she had given away nearly everything she owned.

    Larry doesn't own a car – in fact, he doesn't even know how to drive.

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  2. 2
    old-fashioned to admit that something is true
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