own-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: have, possess or control something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] OWN NP2[patient]

Bob owns a house on the Cape.
The French conglomerate owns a controlling share of that manufacturing firm.
The critics say that this young soprano could own Verdi in a few more years.
The hermit owns nothing but the clothes on his back.
As manager Mary now owns all the problems of her predecessor.

PropBank: own.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: admit or acknowledge

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] OWN SCOMP Includes: OWN UP, OWN TO

He owned to having stolen the teacher's watch.
They won't own up to having participated in insider trading.
The commissioner finally owned that there would be fees associated with using the new park.

PropBank: own.02
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
own_up 1