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Own (verb)

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To Own. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To acknowledge; to avow for one's own.

    When you come, find me out,
    And own me for your son.
    Dryden's Cleomenes.

  2. To possess; to claim; to hold by right.

    Tell me, ye Trojans, for that name you own;
    Nor is your course upon our coasts unknown.
    Dryden.

    Others on earth o'er human race preside,
    Of these the chief, the care of nations own,
    And guard with arms divine the British throne.
    Pope.

  3. To avow.

                    I'll venture out alone,
    Since you, fair princess, my protection own.
    Dryden.

  4. To confess; not to deny.

    Make this truth so evident, that those who are unwilling to own it may yet be ashamed to deny it. Tillotson.

    Others will own their weakness of understanding. Locke.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Tillotson, John (68)

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