property Definition

  • 1a thing or things belonging to someone; possessions collectively
  • 2a building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them
  • 3a quality or attribute characteristic of something or someone

Using property: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "property" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The property was sold for a high price.

  • Example

    She inherited the family property.

  • Example

    He lost all his property in the fire.

  • Example

    The company owns several properties in the city.

property Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for property

Antonyms for property

Idioms Using property

  • put one's house in order (or affairs)

    to organize one's life or business affairs


    After the divorce, he needed to put his house in order and start over.

  • in the process of buying and selling homes in order to move up to more expensive properties


    They started on the property ladder with a small apartment and worked their way up to a large house.

  • a slogan coined by French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon to express his view that private property leads to social inequality and exploitation


    Some people believe that property is theft and that all goods should be owned collectively.

Phrases with property

  • a category of property that includes intangible creations of the human intellect, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks


    The company has invested heavily in protecting its intellectual property.

  • movable property that is not attached to real estate, such as furniture, clothing, and vehicles


    The insurance policy covers damage to personal property in the event of a burglary.

  • land and any structures on it, such as buildings, trees, minerals, and water


    The real property was appraised at a higher value than expected.

Origins of property

from Latin 'proprietas', meaning 'ownership'


Summary: property in Brief

The term 'property' [ˈprɒpəti] refers to belongings, possessions, or a characteristic of something or someone. It can also refer to a building and the land it occupies, as in 'The company owns several properties in the city.' 'Property' extends into phrases like 'intellectual property,' and idioms like 'put one's house in order,' denoting organization, and 'on the property ladder,' implying upward mobility.

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