• "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."
    "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj own belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive "for your own use","do your own thing","she makes her own clothes","`ain' is Scottish"
    • v own have ownership or possession of "He owns three houses in Florida","How many cars does she have?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Our own Undergraduate Our own Undergraduate
He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies He saw in his own mind the tall pines reach up into the blue skies
Columbuses own relation on his own side, with his wife and daughter Columbuses own relation on his own side, with his wife and daughter
"Oh, wall, have your own way," sez he, and we wandered into the German Village "Oh, wall, have your own way," sez he, and we wandered into the German Village
"I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place." "I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place."
A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail
Disobedience brings its own reward Disobedience brings its own reward

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a Canadian girl owns seven Barbie dolls, whereas an American girl owns eight
    • a Own Belonging to; belonging exclusively or especially to; peculiar; -- most frequently following a possessive pronoun, as my our thy your his her its their, in order to emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar interest, or exclusive ownership; as, my own father; my own composition; my own idea; at my own price. "No man was his own i. e., no man was master of himself, or in possession of his senses]."
    • v. t Own ōn To grant; to acknowledge; to admit to be true; to confess; to recognize in a particular character; as, we own that we have forfeited your love. "The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide;
      But his sagacious eye an inmate owns ."
    • v. t Own To hold as property; to have a legal or rightful title to; to be the proprietor or possessor of; to possess; as, to own a house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The silkworm consumes 86000 times its own weight in 56 days.
    • own Properly or exclusively belonging to one's self or itself; pertaining to or characteristic of the subject, person or thing; peculiar; proper; exclusive; particular; individual; private: used after a possessive, emphasizing the possession: as, to buy a thing with one's own money; to see a thing with one's own eyes; he was beaten at his own game; mind your own business.
    • own [In this sense own is often used elliptically. the noun which it is to be regarded as qualifying being omitted: as, to hold one's own (that is, one's own ground, or one's own cause); a man can do as he likes with his own (that is, his own property, possessions, goods, etc.).
    • own Actual: used without a possessive, with to instead before the possessor: as, own brother to some one.
    • own To be free to control one's own time.
    • own To have or hold as one's own; possess; hold or possess rightfully or legally; nave and enjoy the right of property in; in a general sense, to have: as, to own a large estate, or a part interest in a ship.
    • own Synonyms Hold, Occupy, etc. See possess.
    • own To grant; give.
    • own To admit; concede; acknowledge: as, to own a fault; to own the force of a statement.
    • own To recognize; acknowledge: as, to own one as a son.
    • own Synonyms Admit, Confess, etc. See acknowledge.
    • own To confess: with to: as, to own to a fault.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: William Howard Taft was the first President to own a car.
    • v.t Own ōn to grant: to allow to be true: concede: acknowledge.
    • v.t Own ōn to possess: to be the rightful owner of.
    • adj Own ōn possessed: belonging to one's self and to no other: peculiar
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  • Francis Quarles
    “Wickedness is its own punishment.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.”
  • Seneca
    “There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”
  • H. L. Hunt
    H. L. Hunt
    “Each is responsible for his own actions.”
  • Confucius
    “He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.”


After your own heart - A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you.
Beard the lion in his own den - If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.
Beat them at their own game - If you beat someone at their own game, you use your enemy's tactics or tricks in order to win.
Blow your own horn - If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
Blow your own trumpet - If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)
Each to their own - Different people have different preferences. In American English, 'Each to his own' is more common.
Feather your own nest - If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
Hoist with your own petard - If you are hoist with your own petard, you get into trouble or caught in a trap that you had set for someone else.
Hold your own - If you can hold your own, you can compete or perform equally with other people.
Left to your own devices - If someone is left to their own devices, they are not controlled and can do what they want.
Legend in your own lunchtime - Somebody who becomes a legend in their own lifetime acquires fame, but often only to a select or specialist audience, while they are still alive.
Make a rod for your own back - If you make a rod for your own back, you make something difficult for yourself.
March to the beat of your own drum - If people march to the beat of their own drum, they do things the way they want without taking other people into consideration.
Mind your own beeswax - (USA) This idiom means that people should mind their own business and not interfere in other people's affairs.
Out of your own pocket - If someone does something out of their own pocket, they pay all the expenses involved.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. owen, awen, auen, aughen, AS. āgen, p. p. of āgan, to possess; akin to OS. ēgan, G. & D. eigen, Icel. eiginn, Sw. & Dan. egen,. √110. See Owe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ágen, pa.p. of ágan, to possess. Cf. Owe.


In literature:

Christendom and Christianity are both supreme, each in its own place and according to its own kind.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
The youth allowed that, in her own way, and in her own sphere, woman was charming and singularly intelligent.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
There was excuse enough to her own mind, to her own heart.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
The man carves folly in brass, and breaks his head on his own monument; or forges it in steel, and stabs his own heart with it.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
She had had her own way, and in stinting herself had found her own reward.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
If it is a romance, it will just soothe me, for though I am, I own, tired, I could not sleep for a long time to come.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
She caressed her own neck, her own lips, with lingering finger-tips.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Each group took its own way, making its own assumptions, and following its own logic.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He had been a sober, wistful-eyed little boy, bearing bravely the whole tragic weight upon his own small shoulders.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
And I am happy now, earning my own living.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It had never been her wont to speak to him much about his own influence, his own effect, in the parish.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
They have our own ordnance to break our own bones withal.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
You'll have your own troubles with him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I shall make my own defence in my own way.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
My own boy's own boy!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
By the eighth day Tanqueray was strong enough to wash his own hands and brush his own hair.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Honor not to visit at the asylum founded chiefly by her own father!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
You want a house of your own, and to be your own master.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She could only want him in her own way, and to her own measure.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Each man owning his own land.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

What shape is that—too fair to leave
On Arafa, the mountain lone?
So trembling, and so faint—"My own,
It must be my own Eve!"
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Oh! joy to Mary first allowed,
When roused from weeping o'er His shroud,
By His own calm, soul-soothing tone,
Breathing her name, as still His own!
"Easter Day" by John Keble
We have careful thoughts for the stranger
and smiles for the sometime guest;
But oft for our own,
the bitter tone,
though we love our own the best.
"Oft For Our Own" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
Yet if you sleep in their own sweet beams
They will waken you up betimes
With a heart filling up with their own rich dreams
As mine is full of rhymes.
"The Twilight Is Here" by Alexander Anderson
Thy freedom and thy peace are only thine
By right of toil on every land and sea
And by that crimson sacrificial wine
Of thine own heart and thine own agony.
"The Phantom Fleet" by Alfred Noyes
POLONIA. Ah me! my fate pursuing,
I have but only worked my own undoing,
Like to the worm that by its subtle art
Spins its own grave. Hast thou a human heart?
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

LG's new Smart Vine Virtual Desktop monitors (X-Series) allow up to 11 users to connect to a single PC via Cat 5e/6 cables, with each user running their own applications, as if they had their own PC.
Changing eating habits from the drive-thru to living on her own and cooking her own meals.
Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep is the nation's 63rd largest African American-owned auto dealership, and Michigan's sixth largest minority-owned auto dealership.
Newman's Own, Inc Issues Voluntary Recall of Newman's Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing Due to Undeclared Milk.
Entitled to their own views and their own facts.
You're entitled 'to your own airplane but not your own facts.
There has also been speculation that Apple would want to own its own fab or fabs so it could have more control over its chips, which are known as the A Series.
If Republicans submit to Obama's push for tax increases, and thus further feed the beast — that is, subsidize the growing government class — then they will be purchasing their own noose, paying for their own political destruction.
Her career spanned from wholesale and retail apparel to owning her own boutique real estate brokerage in DC A memorial service was held May 2 at St John's Church on O Street.
Wagner coming into her own on her own.
One of our own is getting the call tonight as Hudson's own Brandon Belt is set to be the San Francisco Giants starting first base man tonight as they travel to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a partnership, you don't own 100%, of course, but for most partners, owning part of a business is much better than owning none at all.
0Trevor is the creator of his own website called Pro Sports Extra and he also DJs his own radio show.
There are currently eight franchisee -owned restaurants and two corporation-owned stores.
Barreth says that within a two-block radius of his house, there's a startup incubator, Google 's own fiber operations office, and a couple other startups that have their own houses.

In science:

So, presently, the bottom-tau unification prediction on its own does not seem to be a critical test of the SU (7) model for either large or small tan β .
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
It simply says that as the Larmor radius goes to zero, each point in our random collection of points is its own universe.
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
While solving the DGLAP equations each parton is included at its own threshold energy.
Grand Unification Signal from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays?
If, in the process of setting up the DecayTable, a particle decays into a final state consisting of one or more unstable particles, these can be then replaced by their own decay products.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This list includes all possible data, where every variable has its own string name.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Here the W Z “particle” would have its own entry in the common block with IDUP=0.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
They are shown to be symmetric monoidal categories in their own right and are found to be isomorphic to certain categories of A−A bicomodules.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Note that the definition above allows an automaton to accept its own state as an input.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Unfortunately, the Z 2 m statistic has shortcomings of its own.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
So torsors in such categories determine (at least one of ) their own groups.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
This can also be checked following our own simple argument.
A connection between gravity and the Higgs field
Clustering can be viewed as a variant of thermal condensation instability, encountered also in gases and plasmas that cool by their own radiation .
Symmetry breaking and coarsening of clusters in a prototypical driven granular gas
These data are then harvested by ODU to build its own citation service.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
The primary target of this review is to summarise and promote the theory of random-cluster models for its own sake.
The Random-Cluster Model
During the past twenty-five years particle physics has been a victim of its own success.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch