Meaning of “its” in the English Dictionary

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"its" in British English

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uk /ɪts/ us /ɪts/

A1 belonging to or relating to something that has already been mentioned:

The dog hurt its paw.
Their house has its own swimming pool.
I prefer the second option - its advantages are simplicity and cheapness.

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  • Australia has its own cultural identity, which is very different from that of Britain.
  • The city was flooded when the river burst its banks.
  • The plane began to make its final descent into the airport.
  • The project is entering its final stages.
  • Since its establishment two years ago, the advice centre has seen over 500 people a week.


uk /ɪts/ us /ɪts/

short form of it is:

It's my turn to do it.

short form of it has:

It's been a wonderful day - thank you.

More examples

  • It's a bit cool in here, isn't it? I think I'll close the window.
  • It's doubtful whether it will be possible to complete the job by next week.
  • If it's too high, you can adjust the height of the chair to suit you.
  • His coat looks as if it's brand new.
  • "Do you like the curry?" "Yes, it's great. I love it."

(Definition of “its” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"its" in American English

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us /ɪts, əts/

belonging to or connected with the thing or animal mentioned; the possessive form of it, used before a noun:

The horse flicked its tail at the flies.
The movie has its flaws, but it is interesting nevertheless.


us /ɪts, əts/

contraction of it is or it has:

It’s (= It is) my turn to do it.
It’s (= It has) been a long day and I’m tired.

(Definition of “its” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ITS" in Business English

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(Definition of “ITS” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)