1 the state or fact of being an owner
2 legal right of possession; proprietorship
n ownership by a group for the benefit of members of that group
n ownership by the state; nationalization
n (in Britain) a form of house purchase whereby the purchaser buys a proportion of the dwelling, usually from a local authority or housing association, and rents the rest
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