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disown

dis·own

disown

 
pronunciation:
dIs on
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: disowned, disowning, disowns
definition: to refuse to have any relationship with; deny one's ownership of.
She was afraid her family would disown her if she ran away from home.The senator disowned a speech he had given ten years before.
synonyms:
reject
antonyms:
accept, claim
similar words:
abandon, forsake
Word Parts
The word disown contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-