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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
its /ɪts/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
it's /ɪts/USA pronunciation contraction.
- PronounsThis word is the possessive form of it, and is used to show possession by something that was referred to earlier:The book has lost its jacket.
- a shortened form of it is:It's starting to rain.
- a shortened form of it has:It's been a long time since we saw each other.
- Pronounsthe possessive form of it (used as an attributive adjective):The book has lost its jacket. I'm sorry about its being so late.
While it is possible to use its as a predicate adjective (The cat is angry because the bowl you're eating out of is its!) or as a pronoun meaning "that or those belonging to it'' (Your notebook pages are torn. Borrow my notebook--its aren't), such use is rare and in most circumstances strained. See also me.
contraction of it is: It's starting to rain.
contraction of it has: It's been a long time.
- earlier it's, equivalent. to it1 + -'s1 1590–1600
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
its /ɪts/ determiner
- of, belonging to, or associated in some way with it: its left rear wheel
- (as pronoun): each town claims its is the best