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disown

dis·own

disown

 
pronunciation:
dIs on
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disowned, disowning, disowns
definition: to deny a relationship with or ownership of; repudiate.
synonyms:
deny, disavow, reject, renounce, repudiate
antonyms:
accept, claim, re-claim
similar words:
abandon, disclaim, disinherit, forsake, recant
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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-