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. (Keats)
Origin: OE. Unnen to grant, permit, be pleased with, AS. Unnan to grant; akin to OS. Giunnan, G. Gonnen, Icel. Unna; of uncertain origin. This word has been confused with own to possess.