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[ prop-er-tee ]


, plural prop·er·ties.
  1. that which a person owns; the possession or possessions of a particular owner:

    They lost all their property in the fire.

  2. goods, land, etc., considered as possessions:

    The corporation is a means for the common ownership of property.

  3. a piece of land or real estate:

    property on Main Street.

    Synonyms: acreage

  4. ownership; right of possession, enjoyment, or disposal of anything, especially of something tangible:

    to have property in land.

  5. something at the disposal of a person, a group of persons, or the community or public:

    The secret of the invention became common property.

  6. an essential or distinctive attribute or quality of a thing:

    the chemical and physical properties of an element.

    Synonyms: feature

  7. Logic.
    1. any attribute or characteristic.
    2. (in Aristotelian logic) an attribute not essential to a species but always connected with it and with it alone.
  8. Also called prop. a usually movable item, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance.
  9. a written work, play, movie, etc., bought or optioned for commercial production or distribution.
  10. a person, especially one under contract in entertainment or sports, regarded as having commercial value:

    an actor who was a hot property at the time.


/ ˈprɒpətɪ /


  1. something of value, either tangible, such as land, or intangible, such as patents, copyrights, etc
  2. law the right to possess, use, and dispose of anything
  3. possessions collectively or the fact of owning possessions of value
    1. a piece of land or real estate, esp used for agricultural purposes
    2. ( as modifier )

      property rights

  4. a ranch or station, esp a small one
  5. a quality, attribute, or distinctive feature of anything, esp a characteristic attribute such as the density or strength of a material
  6. obsolete.
    logic another name for proprium
  7. any movable object used on the set of a stage play or film Usually shortened toprop

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  • proper·ty·less noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of property1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English proprete “possession, attribute, what is one's own,” from propre proper + -te -ty 2; propriety

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Word History and Origins

Origin of property1

C13: from Old French propriété, from Latin proprietās something personal, from proprius one's own

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Synonym Study

Property, chattels, effects, estate, goods refer to what is owned. Property is the general word: She owns a great deal of property. He said that the umbrella was his property. Chattels is a term for pieces of personal property or movable possessions; it may be applied to livestock, automobiles, etc.: a mortgage on chattels. Effects is a term for any form of personal property, including even things of the least value: All his effects were insured against fire. Estate refers to property of any kind that has been, or is capable of being, handed down to descendants or otherwise disposed of in a will: He left most of his estate to his niece. It may consist of personal estate (money, valuables, securities, chattels, etc.), or real estate (land and buildings). Goods refers to household possessions or other movable property, especially that comprising the stock in trade of a business: The store arranged its goods on shelves. See quality.

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Example Sentences

SEOs have been complaining for years that Google is taking up ever more SERP real estate with their own properties and money-makers.

Several San Diego City Council members have expressed interest in a new tax that would pay for more low-income housing by charging property owners who leave their homes vacant.

To make things worse, she had an accident while on my property and sued the company that owns the development.

If some City Council members get their wish, San Diego will soon study whether it can pay for low-income housing by charging property owners who leave their homes vacant.

The team’s insight is that they could leverage these quantum properties to build a system similar to neurons and synapses in the brain.

Last week, property owners were beaten by security guards as they confronted a real-estate developer who defrauded them.

When the police showed up, it was the property owners who were arrested.

We employ inventory management to help solidify their property and make sure they have a better record of their possessions.

The twin entrepreneurs and stars of HGTV's Property Brothers will be taking your questions live on Tuesday, December 16 at 2pm.

Shadman transferred millions to banks outside Afghanistan in 2013 to buy property to open a business in Dubai, according to Banes.

The old earl's property, the source of his wealth, as from his title the reader will have shrewdly guessed, was in collieries.

But one thing remained for Felipe now, If Ramona lived, he would find her, and restore to her this her rightful property.

He used to walk through the park, and note with pleasure the care that his father bestowed on the gigantic property.

The “Compañia General de Tabacos” lost about ₱30,000 in cash in addition to the damage done to their offices and property.

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