Own vs Having - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between own and having

is that own is to have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); "to possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to" (ref 1) or own can be (obsolete) to grant; give while having is .

As a adjective own

is belonging to; possessed; proper to.

As a noun having is

something owned; possession; goods; estate.

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Etymology 1

(wikipedia own) From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) (m). See also the related term (m).


(en verb)
  • (lb) To have rightful possession of (property, goods or capital); "To possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to." (Ref 1)
  • I own this car.
  • (lb) To admit, concede, grant, allow, acknowledge, confess; not to deny.
  • * 1902 , Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness , Tank Books 2007, p. 25:
  • I am sorry to own I began to worry then.
  • * 1913 ,
  • They learned how perfectly peaceful the home could be. And they almost regretted—though none of them would have owned to such callousness—that their father was soon coming back.
  • (lb) To claim as one's own; to answer to.
  • * 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • I own thy speechless, placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake life will dispute its unconditional, unintegral mastery in me.
  • (lb) To acknowledge or admit the possession or ownership of. (Ref 3)
  • (lb) To defeat or embarrass; to overwhelm.
  • I will own my enemies.
    If he wins, he will own you.
  • (lb) To virtually or figuratively enslave.
  • To defeat, dominate, or be above, also spelled (m).
  • To illicitly obtain "super-user" or "root" access into a computer system thereby having access to all of the user files on that system; pwn.
  • Synonyms
    * (have rightful possession of) to possess * (acknowledge responsibility for) be responsible for, admit or take responsibility for * (admit) confess, acknowledge, allow * (defeat) beat, defeat, overcome, overthrow, vanquish, have, take, best
    Derived terms
    * owndom * own up * owner * pwn * disown

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), .

    Alternative forms

    * (informal contraction)


    (en determiner)
  • Belonging to; possessed; proper to.
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  • (obsolete) Peculiar, domestic.
  • (obsolete) Not foreign.
  • Usage notes
    * implying ownership, often with emphasis. It always follows a possessive pronoun, or a noun in the possessive case.
    Derived terms
    * come into one's own * on one's own

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) is attested. Etymology] of the German cognate in [[:w:de:Deutsches Wörterbuch, Deutsches Wörterbuch]


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To grant; give.
  • To admit; concede; acknowledge.
  • * 1611 , Shakespeare, The Tempest , v.:
  • Two of those fellows you must know and own .
  • * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 2, ch. 1, ''Jocelin of Brakelond
  • It must be owned , the good Jocelin, spite of his beautiful childlike character, is but an altogether imperfect 'mirror' of these old-world things!
  • To recognise; acknowledge.
  • to own one as a son
  • To confess.
  • Statistics



    * 1896 , Universal Dictionary of the English Language [UDEL] , v3 p3429: *: To possess by right; to have the right of property in; to have the legal right or rightful title to. * 1896 , ibid., UDEL * 1896 , ibid., UDEL * 1896 , ibid., UDEL * Notes:




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something owned; possession; goods; estate.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll lend you something; my having is not much.
  • * 1875 , Tennyson, Queen Mary
  • Your havings wasted by the scythe and spade,
    Your rights and charters hobnail' d into slush