Definition of on one's own in English:

on one's own


  • Unaccompanied by others; alone or unaided.

    ‘she's not here now and I have to do things on my own’
    ‘these are exercises one can do on one's own’
    • ‘Because, after all, our marriages and partnerships are far too important to manage on our own.’
    • ‘The former nurse is believed to have been single and to have lived on her own.’
    • ‘As it is, the best advice is to dress in warm waterproofs, keep your eyes well peeled and see if you can handle it on your own.’
    • ‘Now is the time to stop claiming we can recover on our own and seek professional advice and support from an external partner.’
    • ‘Rome is a city for lovers, not for single 36 year men with beards who are on their own.’
    • ‘This Canadian joker couldn't tie his shoelaces on his own, let alone win a major title.’
    • ‘But it's hard doing stuff on your own all the time and I just want Abby to be responsible.’
    • ‘It was considered quite safe to travel on your own and come back alone even late at night.’
    • ‘If you really want to make a change, start something on your own, show how it should be done.’
    • ‘It's easy to think that we're on our own and thus should go it alone and do the best we can.’
    alone, all alone, by oneself, all by oneself, in a solitary state, single, solitary, unaccompanied, companionless, partnerless, unattended, unescorted, unchaperoned, solo
    unaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, by oneself, all by oneself, alone, all alone, by one's own efforts, under one's own steam, independently, single-handed, single-handedly, standing on one's own two feet, off one's own bat, on one's own initiative
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