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1. Law the possession and use of property by or without agreement and without any claim to ownership
2. Law the act of taking possession of unowned property, esp land, with the intent of thus acquiring ownership
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Acquiring title to a property by taking possession of it; the act of taking over anything which has no owner.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
The use, or intended use, of a building.
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