Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Contraction of it is.
  • Contraction of it has. See Usage Note at its.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • It is.
  • It has.
  • there's, there is; there're, there are
  • adj. Alternative form of its.

Etymologies

Contraction of ‘it is’ or ‘it has’. (Wiktionary)
From it +‎ ’s. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It you're doing a label it's not for the manufacturer or dealers.

    CNET News.com

  • Ms. Holston said her daughter had a tattoo on her right arm of a basketball with the phrase "it's not the game, it's my life" written in it.

    High-School Basketball Star Is Slain

  • "If this goes down and helps the Yankees and helps us both long term and short term it's a win-win for everybody."

    The Seattle Times

  • In the year since then, I've heard the phrase "it's unsustainable," or something close to it, repeated dozens of times by clients including corporate executives, government employees, small-business owners, hospital administrators and physicians, school administrators and teachers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • As a title it's OK, but that's the only interesting thing in the lyrics, I would say.

    The Guardian World News

  • A reader named Kevin, while enjoying the online vocabulary-building feature A Word a Day wordsmith.org, was surprised to see the expression "it's a dog's life" included in a list of terms indicating hardship and unpleasantness.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • David Renz, director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, said it is obvious that things must change, "but in the short term it's impossible to adequately fund a system."

    Kansas City Star: News

  • David Renz, director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, said it is obvious that things must change, but in the short term it's impossible to adequately fund a system.

    Kansas City Star: News

  • No one steals a word it's called language evolution.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Bernanke also said the Fed should answer to Congress in the long run, but in the "short term it's important to make our decisions clear from politics."

    News

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  • "It's made me proud to know and admire her for decades, and even prouder to nominate her to our Nation's highest court." - President Barack Obama on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court - 11 May 2010 Note: one rarely sees it's used for 'it has'

    May 12, 2010

  • Not to be confused with its.

    April 3, 2009