• (Received Pronunciation) IPA: /ˈpɹɒp.ət.i/
  • (General American) IPA: /ˈpɹɑp.ɚt.i/, [ˈpɹɑpɚɾi], enPR: prŏpʹərtē


  1. Something that is owned.
    Leave those books alone! They are my property.
    Important types of property include real property (land), personal property (other physical possessions), and intellectual property (rights over artistic creations, inventions, etc.).
  2. A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
    There is a large house on the property.
    Synonyms: land, parcel
  3. Real estate; the business of selling houses.
    He works in property as a housing consultant.
  4. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.
  5. An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.
    Charm is his most endearing property.
  6. An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.
    Matter can have many properties, including color, mass and density.
  7. (computing) An editable or read-only parameter associated with an application, component or class, or the value of such a parameter.
    You need to set the debugging property to "verbose".
  8. (usually, in the plural, theater) A prop, an object used in a dramatic production.
    Costumes and scenery are distinguished from property properly speaking.
    Synonyms: prop
  9. (obsolete) Propriety; correctness.
  • (something owned) seeSynonyms en
  • (attribute or abstract quality of an object) seeSynonyms en
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property (properties, present participle propertying; past and past participle propertied)

  1. (obsolete) To invest with properties, or qualities.
  2. (obsolete) To make a property of; to appropriate.
    • 1595, Shakespeare, King John (play), V. ii. 79, l. 2359 - 2362
      Your grace shall pardon me, I will not back:
      I am too high-born to be propertied,
      To be a secondary at control,
      Or useful serving-man and instrument,
      To any sovereign state throughout the world.

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