Definition of its in English:

its

possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘turn the camera on its side’
    ‘he chose the area for its atmosphere’
    • ‘Not the least of its achievements is the way it makes you look anew at the area it describes.’
    • ‘It had toppled itself so far over to one side that it had pulled its roots out of the soil.’
    • ‘You could serve it as a side dish, on its own with a salad, or as part of buffet spread.’
    • ‘A scan at the gantry and its array of various malts tells me this is a decent hostelry.’
    • ‘The council is to fund the lease by selling some of its other properties in the city.’
    • ‘The bow is separated from the main body of the wreck and rests on its starboard side.’
    • ‘The game had started off slowly and cautiously but it did not take long to find its tempo.’
    • ‘She drove across the grass area, hit the road sign and the car turned over on to its side.’
    • ‘Living with it for a week in all sorts of conditions brought out its good and bad sides.’
    • ‘No other land sale in Scotland has relied on a charter of such antiquity for its sale.’
    • ‘If the very last trick has no winner its cards go to the winner of the previous trick.’
    • ‘It now offers a new owner the chance to build upon its past and to reawaken it as a working estate.’
    • ‘They appear to be of much more value to the area and its people than the paid officials.’
    • ‘The label on the back suggests that to drink it at its best you should heat it up and add a slice of orange.’
    • ‘The retreat will be the first of its kind in Britain, and only the second in the world.’
    • ‘Maybe it is like a moth to a flame, fascinated by its brightness but also blinded by it.’
    • ‘If you want to look at what a treat you are in for, visit the site and its web camera.’
    • ‘Taylor is taking full advantage of the garden looking at its best at this time of year.’
    • ‘This is the most infuriating type of horror flick in that it and its cast are just so stupid.’
    • ‘To me, a squeak or rattle is reason enough to sell a car, to him it's part of its charm.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging to or associated with a child or animal of unspecified sex.
      ‘a baby in its mother's womb’
      • ‘The chicken must have missed its mommy and spotted her on the other side of the road.’
      • ‘She may be its mother but that does not give her the right to decide whether or not it lives or dies.’
      • ‘It had a little blood on its neck, so I guess it had been caught and abandoned by a cat.’
      • ‘It raises its head up above the parapet now and then and when it finds me it bites me hard and makes me cry.’
      • ‘All they have to do is put a picture of the baby and copy of its birth certificate onto the site.’
      • ‘She took it to a vet after being shocked by the sight of the abscess on the side of its body.’
      • ‘It is not that important to me to kill a good looking fish to determine its true identity.’
      • ‘It was the sort of smile used by an animal when it realizes its prey is in its clawed grasp.’
      • ‘Owner Jane Organ said it was tragic for the pup to be taken from its mother at such a young age.’
      • ‘The ideal is for a lamb to have milk from its mother as soon as possible after birth.’
      • ‘If you just eat it, darling, then it can be with the rest of its friends in your tummy!’
      • ‘Rather than try to fend me off, like the crab, it attempts to hide further in its shell.’
      • ‘The lice were the size of grains of rice, each with its own bite, each with its own itch.’
      • ‘Had my husband not been the man he is he would have left the dog to its own devices.’
      • ‘This was a tax paid to the lord of the manor when an animal had been sold by its owner.’
      • ‘In the dream he had just got a pet squirrel which his girlfriend told him to carry home by its tail.’
      • ‘The bear toppled out of the window and followed as fast as its stubby legs would allow.’

Usage

Its is the possessive form of it (the dog licked its paw), while it's is the contraction of it is (look, it's a dog licking its paw) or it has (it's been too long). The apostrophe in it's never denotes a possessive. The confusion is understandable, since other possessive forms (singular nouns) do take an apostrophe + s, as in the girl's bike or the president's smile

Pronunciation:

its

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