1. adjective /ɪts/
Belonging to it (used as a possessive adjective).

The manner wherewith our Lawes assay to moderate the foolish and vaine expences of table-cheare and apparell, seemeth contrarie to its end.

2. pronoun /ɪts/
a) The one (or ones) belonging to it.

[...] both Houses have resolved to rob the North of a good friend of its and yours.

b) is even rarer in double possessive constructions.

EBay Canada argued in court that the data sought by tax collectors was not its to give.

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  • its — /ɪts / (say its) adjective 1. the possessive form of it: its height is twenty metres; its bark is worse than its bite. –pronoun (possessive) 2. the possessive form of it, used predicatively or absolutely: the voice was its; its was the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • ITS — ITS, it s or its can mean:* its , the possessive adjective and possessive pronoun form of the personal pronoun it * it s , a contraction of it is or it has * The It s man, a man with torn clothes and unkempt beard who appeared at the beginning of …   Wikipedia

  • its — /its/, pron. the possessive form of it (used as an attributive adjective): The book has lost its jacket. I m sorry about its being so late. [1590 1600; earlier it s, equiv. to IT1 + S1] Usage. While it is possible to use ITS as a predicate… …   Universalium

  • its*/*/*/ — [ɪts] determiner summary: Its is the possessive form of it. belonging or relating to something, when it has already been mentioned or when it is obvious which thing you are referring to The chair lay on its side.[/ex] Europe and its many great… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • its - it's — ◊ its Its is a possessive determiner. You use its to indicate that something belongs or relates to a thing, place, animal, or child. He discovered the river had lost its beauty. The pig managed to keep its balance. She hoisted the child on her… …   Useful english dictionary

  • its — W1S1 [ıts] determiner [possessive form of it ] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: it] used to refer to something that belongs to or is connected with a thing, animal, baby etc that has already been mentioned ▪ Salzburg is famous for its beautiful… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • its — /Its/ determiner the possessive form of it: The baby had fallen out of its crib. | I must admit the plan does have its merits …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • its — its, it s Its is the possessive form of it (The cat licked its paws) and it s is a shortened form of it is (It s raining again) or occasionally it has (I don t know if it s come) …   Modern English usage

  • its — ► POSSESSIVE DETERMINER 1) belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified. 2) belonging to or associated with a child or animal of unspecified sex. USAGE A common error in writing is to confuse the possessive… …   English terms dictionary

  • Its — ([i^]ts), poss. pron. Possessive form of the pronoun it. See {It}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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