adj. The possessive form of it.
Used as a modifier before a noun: The airline canceled its early flight to New York.
Usage Note: Its is the possessive form of the pronoun it and is correctly written without an apostrophe: The cat licked its paws. The contraction it's (for it is or it has) should always have an apostrophe: It's the funniest show I've seen in years. It's been three years since our last trip to Los Angeles.
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