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verb [transitive]     own pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
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.

  2. 2
    informal to defeat someone completely

    I totally owned everybody in the first grand prix.

    get owned:

    To all the people saying the game was rigged, you got owned.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary from United Kingdom on 19/06/2013
  3. 3
    old-fashioned to admit that something is true

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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