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own

v. to have legal title or right to something. Mere possession is not ownership.

own

verb be in possession of, be in receipt of, be master of, be possessed of, claim, command, contain, control, dominate, enjoy, habere, have, have a deed for, have a title to, have claim upon, have hold of, have in hand, have rights to, have to one's name, hold, keep, maintain, occupy, possess, possidere, retain, tenere
Foreign phrases: Id solum nostrum quod debitis deductis nostrum est.That only is ours which remains to us after deeuction of our debts.
See also: acknowledge, avow, hold, individual, occupy, particular, personal, possess, profess, recognize, remain
References in classic literature ?
Unhappy in your conjectures, sir,' observed my host; 'we neither of us have the privilege of owning your good fairy; her mate is dead.
My father is a rich merchant, owning much land and many ships, and has great dealings in precious stones, but he never ceased mourning that he had no child to inherit his wealth.
If there had been at first two separate companies, one owning the telephone and the other the switchboard, neither could have done the business.
Owning everything in common, even to your women and children, has resulted in your owning nothing in common.
We were having a confidential conversation," returned Valentine; "she was owning to me her repugnance to the marriage with M.
Above all, they are celebrated for owning great numbers of horses; which they mark, and then suffer to range in droves in their most fertile plains.
was the owner of several hundred lots on the island of Manhattan; of one hundred and twenty-three in the city of Brooklyn; of nearly as many in Williamsburg; of large undivided interests in Milwaukie, Chicago, Rock River, Moonville, and other similar places; besides owning a considerable part of a place called Coney Island.
We four formed (to use a term well understood nowadays in every social sphere) a "syndicate" owning the Tremolino: an international and astonishing syndicate.
As to being berthed with Master Bump-ho for a night or so, it’s but little I think of it, Squire Dickens, seeing that I calls him an honest man, and one as has a handy way with boat-hooks and rifles; but as for owning that a man desarves anything worse than a double allowance, for knocking that carpenters face a-one-side, as you call it, I’ll maintain it’s agin’ reason and Christianity.