Meaning of its in English:


Pronunciation /ɪts/

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possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘turn the camera on its side’
    • ‘he chose the area for its atmosphere’
    • ‘She drove across the grass area, hit the road sign and the car turned over on to its side.’
    • ‘You could serve it as a side dish, on its own with a salad, or as part of buffet spread.’
    • ‘The bow is separated from the main body of the wreck and rests on its starboard side.’
    • ‘Living with it for a week in all sorts of conditions brought out its good and bad sides.’
    • ‘They appear to be of much more value to the area and its people than the paid officials.’
    • ‘If you want to look at what a treat you are in for, visit the site and its web camera.’
    • ‘It had toppled itself so far over to one side that it had pulled its roots out of the soil.’
    • ‘If the very last trick has no winner its cards go to the winner of the previous trick.’
    • ‘It now offers a new owner the chance to build upon its past and to reawaken it as a working estate.’
    • ‘Maybe it is like a moth to a flame, fascinated by its brightness but also blinded by it.’
    • ‘This is the most infuriating type of horror flick in that it and its cast are just so stupid.’
    • ‘Taylor is taking full advantage of the garden looking at its best at this time of year.’
    • ‘No other land sale in Scotland has relied on a charter of such antiquity for its sale.’
    • ‘The game had started off slowly and cautiously but it did not take long to find its tempo.’
    • ‘The label on the back suggests that to drink it at its best you should heat it up and add a slice of orange.’
    • ‘To me, a squeak or rattle is reason enough to sell a car, to him it's part of its charm.’
    • ‘The retreat will be the first of its kind in Britain, and only the second in the world.’
    • ‘A scan at the gantry and its array of various malts tells me this is a decent hostelry.’
    • ‘The council is to fund the lease by selling some of its other properties in the city.’
    • ‘Not the least of its achievements is the way it makes you look anew at the area it describes.’
    1. 1.1Belonging to or associated with a child or animal of unspecified sex.
      ‘a baby in its mother's womb’
      • ‘The ideal is for a lamb to have milk from its mother as soon as possible after birth.’
      • ‘Owner Jane Organ said it was tragic for the pup to be taken from its mother at such a young age.’
      • ‘She may be its mother but that does not give her the right to decide whether or not it lives or dies.’
      • ‘Rather than try to fend me off, like the crab, it attempts to hide further in its shell.’
      • ‘All they have to do is put a picture of the baby and copy of its birth certificate onto the site.’
      • ‘It was the sort of smile used by an animal when it realizes its prey is in its clawed grasp.’
      • ‘This was a tax paid to the lord of the manor when an animal had been sold by its owner.’
      • ‘She took it to a vet after being shocked by the sight of the abscess on the side of its body.’
      • ‘It is not that important to me to kill a good looking fish to determine its true identity.’
      • ‘The chicken must have missed its mommy and spotted her on the other side of the road.’
      • ‘The lice were the size of grains of rice, each with its own bite, each with its own itch.’
      • ‘The bear toppled out of the window and followed as fast as its stubby legs would allow.’
      • ‘If you just eat it, darling, then it can be with the rest of its friends in your tummy!’
      • ‘It had a little blood on its neck, so I guess it had been caught and abandoned by a cat.’
      • ‘It raises its head up above the parapet now and then and when it finds me it bites me hard and makes me cry.’
      • ‘In the dream he had just got a pet squirrel which his girlfriend told him to carry home by its tail.’
      • ‘Had my husband not been the man he is he would have left the dog to its own devices.’


A common error in writing is to confuse the possessive its (as in turn the camera on its side) with the contraction it's (short for either it is or it has, as in it's my fault; it's been a hot day). The confusion is at least partly understandable since other possessive forms (singular nouns) do take an apostrophe + -s, as in the girl's bike; the President's smile