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owned \owned\ adj. having an owner; often used in combination; as, state-owned railways. Opposite of unowned.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"possessed," 1620s, past participle adjective from own (v.).


vb. (en-past of: own)


adj. having an owner; often used in combination; "state-owned railways" [ant: unowned]


Owned is a slang word that originated among 1990s hackers, where it referred to " rooting" or gaining administrative control over someone else's computer. The term eventually spread to gamers, who used the term to mean defeat in gaming. Owned has now spread beyond computer and gaming contexts and become part of standard slang, and typically follows severe defeat or humiliation, usually in an amusing way or through the dominance of an opposing party. Other variations of the word owned include own3d, 0wn3d, pwned, and pooned, terms which incorporate elements of leetspeak.

In 2009, Newgrounds described a security vulnerability in ActiveX as leaving Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server users open to a "Browse-And-Get-Owned" attack.

Usage examples of "owned".

The claims of the cardinals and inferior clergy, of the nobles and people, were vague and litigious: the freedom of choice was overruled by the tumults of a city that no longer owned or obeyed a superior.

Do you think, if that were the case, he would not have owned it to me?

She never, she had owned, admitted formal visitors, but whatever was abrupt and out of the way, won her heart.

Lionel, that the ladies had owned they thought he looked to particular advantage in that careless attire.

Master had been seized suddenly with the gout in his stomach, and that the doctor, who had been instantly fetched, had owned there was little hope.

His mother owned no mares, and thus he had no status whatever among the wild tribes.

Once he had owned the only pair of spectacles at the abbey, ground for him in Texark, but had given them up for religious reasons.

Each horde owned a sacred path, and sacred places along it to pitch camp for a season.

He turned sideways at the desk to look at the abbot who owned the desk and he saw Nimmy in the doorway, beckoned him in, and continued.

They were bound to one piece of land, while the Nomad owned the whole world beneath Empty Sky.

He sneered at me, and his white face looked out of the mist with his red eyes gleaming, and he went on as though he owned the whole place, and I was no one.

I have read of a gentleman who owned a so fine house in London, and when he went for months of summer to Switzerland and lock up his house, some burglar come and broke window at back and got in.

Too many of the local newsfaxes and public news channels were owned by members of the planetary elite for that.

This monster, this natural phenomenon that had puzzled the learned world, and over thrown and misled the imagination of seamen of both hemispheres, it must be owned was a still more astonishing phenomenon, inasmuch as it was a simply human construction.

All property among the green Martians is owned in common by the community, except the personal weapons, ornaments and sleeping silks and furs of the individuals.