Hi everybody,

first of all, this is my first posting in this forum and I'm very glad to have found it. Emotion: smile

I have a question about the meaning of the word 'own' in the following contexts. About an actress it is said:

... I appreciate her gift of truthfulness. She owns herself and her role and her confidence is inspiring ..

Same word in another context:

She begins to come into her own ..

Could anyone be so kind as to give me some paraphrases for both examples?

Thank you very much in advance,

Hello Luce-- welcome to English Forums. It's nice to have you here.

1-- own: to have control over: For a time, enemy planes owned the skies.
2-- come into one's own : to achieve one's potential; to gain recognition.

These are from some of the dictionaries at [url="http://www.onelook.com /"]ONE LOOK DICTIONARY SEARCH[/url].
Hi Mister Micawber,

thanks for the warm welcome and for the explanation. Apparently I read far too much into it, so it helped a lot to make it clear. Emotion: smile

Have a nice day,