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2 getting, keeping, losing
see also GIVE, BORROW/LEND
- to have sth as your property: have (got) sth, (more formal) possess sth; noun (U): possession
We lost everything in the war. When it ended, we had nothing. ◎ Has she got a flat? ◎ She's quite well off and possesses some beautiful things. ◎ The farm is no longer in my possession.
- if sth is legally your property, you own it, it belongs to you, it is yours, it is your own; noun (U): ownership
'Do you own your house?' 'No, it's rented.' ◎ I can't lend it to you; it doesn't belong to me. ◎ Who does this coat belong to? ◎ At last - a room of my own! ◎ The ownership of the land is in dispute.
- the person who owns sth: owner
Are you the owner of this vehicle? ◎ a landowner ◎ a car-owner
- a person who owns a hotel, newspaper, business, etc: (formal) proprietor; a woman who is a proprietor can also be called a proprietress
- if sth belongs to a particular person or group, it is private, privately owned
a private house ◎ private property
- if sth belongs to a particular person or is for their use only, it is personal
This car is for your personal use.
- if sth is for everyone to use and does not belong to a particular person, it is public
a public library ◎ a public telephone
- an industry, business or company that is owned by the nation is publicly owned; the state of being publicly owned: public ownership (noun U)
- if you own sth and do not like to share it with anybody else, you are mean, possessive
Don't be so mean - let him have it if you don't need it! ◎ Tony is really possessive about his car - he never lets anyone else drive it.
※ the things that you own
- what you own: possessions (noun plural), belongings (noun plural), property (noun U)
He has few personal possessions. ◎ I've left all my belongings back at the hotel. ◎ The police found stolen property in the warehouse.
- things that you own or have with you: (informal) your stuff (noun U), your things (noun plural)
Can I put my stuff over here? ◎ We'll just leave our things in the car.
- the small things that you own that are worth a lot of money: valuables (noun plural)
Please put your valuables in the hotel safe.
2 getting, keeping, losing
- to become the owner or user of sth: get* sth, (more formal) obtain sth, (formal) acquire sth
I've just got myself a new computer. ◎ This book can be obtained in paperback. ◎ The zoo has just acquired a female panda.
- the act of acquiring sth: acquisition (noun U); something that you have acquired: acquisition
My wife collects china and is very pleased with her latest acquisition.
※ more on getting GET/OBTAIN
- to continue to have sth: keep* sth, (informal) hold* onto sth, (informal) hang* onto sth
How long can I keep your book? ◎ I'm going to hold on to this stamp - it might be worth a lot of money some day.
- to no longer have or own sth: lose* sth; noun (C/U): loss
Many people lost their homes in the earthquake. ◎ My business has failed. I've lost everything. ◎ serious losses during the war ◎ They announced 200 job losses.
- to cause sb to lose sth: cost* sb sth
His rudeness to the customer cost him his job.
※ more on keeping and losing things KEEP, LOSE 2
- to ask for sth because you think you should have it or that it belongs to you: claim sth
If nobody claims the wallet after one month you can keep it.
- if sb has sth that you own and then they give it to you, they give* it back, hand it back, return it to you
The police handed me back my wallet.
- to be given sth back: get* sth back
I lost my keys but fortunately soon got them back.
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- things of value that a person or company owns: assets (noun plural)
The company is having to sell its assets in order to survive.
- all the money and property that a person owns when they die: estate (noun U)
His estate was valued at more than a million pounds.