have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
"he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"
own, have, possess(verb)
have ownership or possession of
"He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"
enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas
"What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her"
To have; to have ownership of.
He does not even possess a working telephone.
To take control of someone's body or mind, especially in a supernatural manner.
They thought he was possessed by evil spirits.
To vest ownership in (someone) with ownership.
Origin: * From possessus, past participle of possīdeō.
to occupy in person; to hold or actually have in one's own keeping; to have and to hold
to have the legal title to; to have a just right to; to be master of; to own; to have; as, to possess property, an estate, a book
to obtain occupation or possession of; to accomplish; to gain; to seize
to enter into and influence; to control the will of; to fill; to affect; -- said especially of evil spirits, passions, etc
to put in possession; to make the owner or holder of property, power, knowledge, etc.; to acquaint; to inform; -- followed by of or with before the thing possessed, and now commonly used reflexively
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
poz-zes′, v.t. to have or hold as an owner: to have the control of: to inform: to seize: to enter into and influence: to put (one's self) in possession (of): (Spens.) to achieve: (Shak.) put in possession of information, convince.—adj. Possessed′, influenced by some evil spirit, demented.—n. Posses′sion, act of possessing: the thing possessed: a country taken by conquest: property: state of being possessed, as by an evil spirit: madness.—adjs. Posses′sionary, Posses′sive, pertaining to or denoting possession.—n. Posses′sive (gram.), a pronoun denoting possession: the possessive case.—adv. Posses′sively.—n. Posses′sor, one who possesses: owner: proprietor: occupant.—adj. Posses′sory, relating to a possessor or possession: having possession.—Give possession, to put in another's power or occupancy; Take possession, to assume ownership; Writ of possession, a process directing a sheriff to put a person in possession of property recovered in ejectment. [Fr.,—L. possidēre, possessum.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'possess' in Verbs Frequency: #463
The numerical value of possess in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of possess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
To possess taste, one must have some soul.
He does not possess wealth it possesses him.
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.
He alone is poor who does not possess knowledge.
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
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Translations for possess
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- تملك, ملك, امتلكArabic
- posseïrCatalan, Valencian
- posednout, vlastnitCzech
- eje, besidde, besætteDanish
- havi, posediEsperanto
- omistaa, [[ottaa]] [[valtaansa]]Finnish
- s'emparer de, posséderFrench
- van, bír, hatalmába kerít, birtokolHungarian
- 占有, 所有, 所持, 支配, 取り憑くJapanese
- habeo, teneo, possideoLatin
- opętać, posiadaćPolish
- poseda, avea, dețineRomanian
- владеть, иметь, обладатьRussian
- sahip olmakTurkish
- sở hữuVietnamese
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