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adjective, pronoun own pronunciation in British English /əʊn/
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Own can be used in the following ways:
as an adjective (after a possessive word and followed by a noun): We grow our own vegetables.It’s the president’s own fault.
as a pronoun (after a possessive word but without a following noun): Many Russians prefer American vodka to their own.
  1. 1
    used for showing that something belongs to a particular person or thing and not to any other
    Everyone has their own idea of what democracy means.
    You are free to do what you like in your own home.
    of your own: She has two small children of her own.
    A large school like this should really have a bus of its own.
    your very own (=not shared by anyone else): The club now has its very own radio station.
  2. 2
    used for showing that something is done or caused by a particular person and not by anyone else
    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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