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AWN, v. To own.

1. To possess. Sh.(D) 1918  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 159:
An wha awns dis twa boanie peerie bairns?
Knr. 1891  “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 26:
George, son of lairds that awn'd the laund, Sin' Scotland was a nation.
Lnk. 1922  T. S. Cairncross The Scot at Hame 56:
But I think he awned the toun.

2. To acknowledge (as one's own; as an acquaintance; as right or approved). Sc.(E) 1925  “H. M'Diarmid” Sangschaw 28:
Nae God 'ud awn me i' this rig.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. (1876) 35:
He never awn'd me . . . he never seemed to know me.

3. To admit, confess. Sc. c.1730  Ramsay Fable xix. (1877) 347:
I shall first begin, And awn whate'er my conscience ca's a sin.
m.Sc. 1917  J. Buchan Poems 45:
For last we fed, as ye maun awn, On a sma' troot and pease-meal scone.

[Appar. not in O.Sc., in which Aw(e) was used; own, borrowed from Eng., appears c.1610. From O.E. āgnian, to own, from āgen, pa.p. of āgan (see Ain).]

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