Definition of property in English:



  • 1A thing or things belonging to someone; possessions collectively.

    ‘she wanted Oliver and his property out of her house’
    ‘the stolen property was not recovered’
    • ‘The flamboyant loyalist has been accused of possessing and concealing criminal property.’
    • ‘When arrests were made stolen property was recovered that belonged to two victims of a robbery in the town centre.’
    • ‘This series and its characters are my property and can only be used with my permission.’
    • ‘Thousands of pounds worth of property have been stolen from properties on the outskirts of town in recent weeks.’
    • ‘Down the years we did hear from time to time that it was being planned to raise the wreck from the seabed and recover much valuable property.’
    • ‘Police are recommending charges of possessing stolen property, and break, enter and theft against the man.’
    • ‘Generally, the more damage you do to property, or the more property you steal, the worse the punishment.’
    • ‘She stole my company's property, which she knew very well belonged to me.’
    • ‘They also found cash and stolen property at other properties connected to the defendants.’
    • ‘Before fleeing the scene, after the 30-minute ordeal, the men stole property from the victims' handbags.’
    • ‘People stole property because of suffering when the mine closed down.’
    • ‘Security coding property helps police identify and return stolen property to the owner.’
    • ‘He also faces a charge of possessing stolen property in connection with the March 11 incident.’
    • ‘Stop-and-search is conducted when officers have a reasonable suspicion that a person is carrying a weapon or stolen property.’
    • ‘My art is still my art, but those characters are their property now.’
    • ‘I wonder if he knows his property is being stolen by fanatics?’
    • ‘There are others who break into vehicles and steal other people's property and make residents feel unsafe in their own community.’
    • ‘She knew immediately that her mother was going to hound Ferdinand for the money, perhaps even possess his belongings or property.’
    • ‘Valuable property was stolen, but worst of all was the trail of damage that was left behind.’
    • ‘And far too many have had their property stolen or vandalised.’
    possessions, belongings, things, goods, worldly goods, effects, personal effects, stuff, chattels, movables
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    1. 1.1A building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them.
      ‘he's expanding now, buying property’
      ‘the renovation of commercial properties’
      • ‘The derisory rates of interest have encouraged savers to play the stock market or buy property.’
      • ‘Many new properties also have characteristics apparently designed to discourage buyers.’
      • ‘And this time is an exciting one in the commercial property market.’
      • ‘The loan was secured on their home, a former council property the couple had bought with their savings.’
      • ‘It claims this will give it the largest online selection of quality-checked properties in the UK.’
      • ‘When the real estate market is down, both building owners and property managers look for new ways to save money.’
      • ‘The company said it had been hit by a continuing fall in stock markets around the world, the stalling of the commercial property market and low interest rates.’
      • ‘The index is formed by the prices of residential property, commercial property and land.’
      • ‘The fire had caused serious smoke and heat damage to the property, he said.’
      • ‘And few could argue that the asking purchase price was too high for the entire property - house and lands.’
      • ‘Forested wetlands on and around the property slow the water and soak it up.’
      • ‘So maybe we have some areas outside of protected areas, on private property or council land, that could be set aside for those uses.’
      • ‘Institutions are keen to buy commercial property that is rented on long-term leases, as it offers healthy returns.’
      • ‘A large window on the first landing over looks the garden and adds light and character to the property.’
      • ‘We had no intention of destroying the character of the property and still we had problems.’
      • ‘Council tax bands are calculated on the size, age, character and locality of properties.’
      • ‘We have gathered information on all of the commercial property owners in our market.’
      • ‘It was, they said, far too risky and was overexposed to the commercial property market.’
      • ‘The figures are contained in the latest Land Registry report into property sales across the country.’
      • ‘It provides reinsurance coverage to the commercial property insurance market in Britain.’
      premises, land, estates, acres, acreage
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    2. 1.2Law The right to the possession, use, or disposal of something; ownership.
      ‘rights of property’
      • ‘One thing is clear: the general property or ownership in the items pledged remains vested in the pledgor.’
      • ‘But how were those notions of ownership and property understood in customary terms?’
      • ‘Just because of the abuse of property ownership, private property should not altogether be eliminated.’
      • ‘The second major element in communist doctrine was the social ownership of property and central planning of the economy.’
      • ‘What we think of as property, as ownership, is about to change.’
    3. 1.3
      old-fashioned term for prop
  • 2An attribute, quality, or characteristic of something.

    ‘the property of heat to expand metal at uniform rates’
    • ‘They differ in their kinetic properties and expression characteristics throughout nodule development.’
    • ‘Each of these states of matter is characterized by different physical properties.’
    • ‘The curative properties of mineral water have been known since ancient times.’
    • ‘The types of bonds in minerals can affect the properties and characteristics of minerals.’
    • ‘We speak of God's properties or attributes, and simplicity itself surely seems to be a property.’
    • ‘Many wells became famous and sought after and attributed with valuable properties.’
    • ‘That was of course assuming the properties and characteristics of materials and technology appropriate to the age.’
    • ‘For practical purposes the solar spectrum is divided into regions with characteristic properties.’
    • ‘The characteristic property of membrane proteins is their intimate contact with lipids.’
    • ‘The water supposedly has healing properties, and some say it is the fountain of youth.’
    • ‘This property provides an ideal characteristic for the solubilization of many molecules.’
    • ‘Each special zone on the territory of the base has its special properties and attributes.’
    • ‘The higher negative charge is a property that seems to be characteristic of mitochondria in many cancer cells.’
    • ‘The Bible does attribute the properties of life and death to both the plants and the lower animals.’
    • ‘Evidently it imparts certain beneficial properties to the water.’
    • ‘Yet, someone of strong will and character can override such properties and master the relic.’
    • ‘This property may be attributed to its ability to diffuse in the reaction medium.’
    • ‘The difference of water properties lies not only in their softness or hardness.’
    • ‘These various healing properties are commonly attributed to the minerals dissolved in the water.’
    • ‘What functional characteristics or properties might such a technique probe?’
    quality, attribute, characteristic, feature, power, trait, mark, hallmark
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Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French propriete, from Latin proprietas, from proprius one's own, particular (see proper).