propertyprop‧er‧ty /ˈprɒpəti $ ˈprɑːpər-/ ●●●S2W1 noun (plural properties)1[uncountable]DHOWN the thing or things that someone ownsThe hotel is not responsible for any loss or damage to guests’ personal property.Some of the stolen property was found in Mason’s house.2[countable, uncountable]BFOWN a building, a piece of land, or both togetherProperty prices have shot up recently.the property marketa sign saying ‘Private Property. Keep Out.’property taxescommercial/residential property3[countable usually plural]CHARACTER OF something a quality or power that a substance, plant etc hasSYN quality, characteristica herb with healing propertiesphysical/chemical etc propertiesthe chemical properties of a substance →lost property, real property, intellectual propertyCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a building, a piece of land, or both togetherverbsbuy/sell (a) propertyBuying a property is a complicated business.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + property detached especially British English (=not joined to another house)It is a modern detached property with five bedrooms.semi-detached British English (=joined to one other house)This semi-detached property is located in one of the most sought-after areas of the town.a three-bedroom/four-bedroom etc propertyFour-bedroom properties are usually ideal for families.a desirable propertyIt is a desirable property with a south-facing garden.commercial property (=buildings used by businesses)The bombs caused damage to commercial property.residential property (=buildings that people live in)The site proposed for the factory is too near to residential property.private propertyThe land on the other side of the gate is private property.property + NOUNproperty pricesProperty prices are much lower here than in London.the property marketThere were no signs of an upturn in the property market.a property ownerIt makes sense for property owners to extend their houses rather than move.THESAURUSproperty [uncountable] the things that a person, organization etc ownsHe left most of his property to his granddaughter.They were arrested and charged with damaging school property.possessions [plural] all the things that you own or have with you at a particular timeHe sold all his possessions and left the country.The prisoners were allowed to have few personal possessions.belongings [plural] things you own such as clothes, books etc, especially things you take with you when travellingI quickly packed a few of my belongings in an overnight bag.things [plural] spoken (also stuff [uncountable] informal) small things you own, such as clothes, books etcDon’t leave your things all over the floor!I’ve got so much stuff, I don’t know where to put it all.valuables [plural] things that you own that are worth a lot of money and may get stolen, for example jewellery or camerasThe advice from police is: if you have valuables don’t leave them in the car.Keep valuables like TVs and computer equipment out of sight.personal effects [plural] formal small things you own – used especially when there is an accident, a robbery, or the person who owns them diesThe insurance policy covers baggage and personal effects – up to £1,000 per person. After Turing’s death in 1954, his mother received his personal effects, including the Order of the British Empire, awarded in 1946 for his code work. Sections of aircraft wreckage and personal effects were scattered all around. assets [plural] houses, land, shares etc that a person or organization owns and would be able to sell if they needed money – used especially in legal or business contextsMany homeowners now have assets of over £234,000 in the value of their home alone.financial assets such as bonds and sharesCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: a quality or power that a substance, plant etc hasadjectivesphysical propertiesWhat are the physical properties of metals?chemical propertiesThey grouped the known elements by chemical properties.electrical propertiesEach type of cell has distinct electrical properties.magnetic propertiesthe magnetic properties of iron and nickeloptical propertiesThese minerals have similar optical properties.healing/medicinal propertiesThe old women know about the healing properties of local herbs.health-giving propertiesThey believed that the water had special health-giving properties.antiseptic propertiesThis plant has mild antiseptic properties.