noun (plural properties)
- 1 [mass noun] A thing or things belonging to someone; possessions collectively: she wanted Oliver and his property out of her flat the stolen property was not recoveredMore example sentences
- When arrests were made stolen property was recovered that belonged to two victims of a robbery in the town centre.
- He also faces a charge of possessing stolen property in connection with the March 11 incident.
- Police are recommending charges of possessing stolen property, and break, enter and theft against the man.
- 1.1A building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them: he’s expanding now, buying property [count noun]: the renovation of council propertiesMore example sentences
- And this time is an exciting one in the commercial property market.
- It was, they said, far too risky and was overexposed to the commercial property market.
- So maybe we have some areas outside of protected areas, on private property or council land, that could be set aside for those uses.
- 1.2 (properties) Shares or investments in property: properties ran into profit-taking, with Haslemere 176pMore example sentences
- Some women have invested in properties as part of their pension plan.
- It is not mandatory that you take out a payment protection policy when purchasing investment properties.
- Estate agents have already reported increases in investment properties as a direct result of the budget.
- 1.3 Law The right to the possession, use, or disposal of something; ownership: rights of propertyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4 old-fashioned term for prop2.
- 2An attribute, quality, or characteristic of something: the property of heat to expand metal at uniform ratesMore example sentences
- Yet, someone of strong will and character can override such properties and master the relic.
- The types of bonds in minerals can affect the properties and characteristics of minerals.
- The Bible does attribute the properties of life and death to both the plants and the lower animals.
Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French propriete, from Latin proprietas, from proprius 'one's own, particular' (see proper).