ownership

noun
own·​er·​ship | \ ˈō-nər-ˌship How to pronounce ownership (audio) \

Definition of ownership

1 : the state, relation, or fact of being an owner
2 : a group or organization of owners

Examples of ownership in a Sentence

The company is under private ownership.
Recent Examples on the Web In the meantime, the city of Balcones Heights is negotiating a possible $5 million investment in Wonderland that would give the city 15,000 square feet in the mall and an approximately 45 percent ownership stake in the entire property. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 Though the investment was never consummated, Nate negotiated an on-camera deal with Lori Greiner and Sara Blakely for a $250,000 investment in exchange for a 20% ownership stake. John Greathouse, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The Wall Street Journal earlier this month reported that Axel Springer was in talks to purchase an ownership stake in Politico, and that the discussions also included the possibility of a full buyout. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2021 Disney, after gulping down 20th Century Fox, took operational control of the service in a deal with Comcast, which has agreed to sell its ownership stake in Hulu to Disney by 2024 for at least $8.3 billion. Todd Spangler, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 The ownership stake does not appear to directly affect TikTok, the wildly popular video service that last year surpassed Facebook Messenger as the most downloaded app in the United States. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2021 The ownership stake does not appear to directly affect TikTok, the wildly popular video service that last year surpassed Facebook Messenger as the most downloaded app in the United States. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 While with the Strikers, Mueller had an ownership stake in The Ambry, the German-American restaurant located on Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. sun-sentinel.com, 15 Aug. 2021 The statement also said Neil’s ownership stake was less than 0.1 percent, and falls within an exception of the state Government Code section that addresses conflicts of interest. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of ownership

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ownership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ownership. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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ownership

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ownership

: the state or fact of owning something

ownership

noun
own·​er·​ship | \ ˈō-nər-ˌship How to pronounce ownership (audio) \

Kids Definition of ownership

: the state or fact of owning something home ownership

ownership

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own·​er·​ship

Legal Definition of ownership

: the state, relation, or fact of being an owner also : the rights or interests of an owner
absolute ownership
: ownership especially by a single person that is free of any encumbrances or limitations other than statutory law — compare fee simple absolute at fee simple
ostensible ownership \ ä-​ˈsten-​sə-​bəl-​ \
: ownership that is apparent rather than actual and that sometimes is recognized in cases of purchase of the property by an innocent third party a dispute arising from the dealer's ostensible ownership and sale of the collateral

Note: A purchaser from a person with ostensible ownership of property may be able to defeat the claim to the property of the actual owner who created the ostensible ownership.

ownership in indivision
in the civil law of Louisiana : ownership by two or more persons each having undivided shares in the property as a whole — compare community property at property
qualified ownership
: ownership that is limited by time, the interest of another party, or restrictions on the use of the property had only qualified ownership of the fish and game on his property due to state restrictions

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