What does possess mean?

Definitions for possess
pəˈzɛspos·sess

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word possess.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. possess(verb)

    have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

    "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"

  2. own, have, possess(verb)

    have ownership or possession of

    "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"

  3. possess(verb)

    enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

    "What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her"

Wiktionary

  1. possess(Verb)

    To have; to have ownership of.

    He does not even possess a working telephone.

    Etymology: * From possessus, past participle of possīdeō.

  2. possess(Verb)

    To take control of someone's body or mind, especially in a supernatural manner.

    They thought he was possessed by evil spirits.

    Etymology: * From possessus, past participle of possīdeō.

  3. possess(Verb)

    To occupy.

    Etymology: * From possessus, past participle of possīdeō.

  4. possess(Verb)

    To vest ownership in (someone) with ownership.

    Etymology: * From possessus, past participle of possīdeō.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possess(verb)

    to occupy in person; to hold or actually have in one's own keeping; to have and to hold

  2. Possess(verb)

    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

  3. Possess(verb)

    to obtain occupation or possession of; to accomplish; to gain; to seize

  4. Possess(verb)

    to enter into and influence; to control the will of; to fill; to affect; -- said especially of evil spirits, passions, etc

  5. Possess(verb)

    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

  1. Possess

    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.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possess' in Verbs Frequency: #463

How to pronounce possess?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say possess in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of possess in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of possess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of possess in a Sentence

  1. I Ching:

    No plain not followed by a slope. No going not followed by a return. He who remains persevering in danger is without blame. Do not complain about this truth Enjoy the good fortune you still possess.

  2. Thomas Mangan:

    It wasn't a disqualifying prohibition for him to own, possess or purchase a weapon as far as we were concerned.

  3. Jens Stoltenberg:

    NATO does not possess or NATO doesn’t sell military equipment, that is something the nations are doing or not doing.

  4. Amenorhu kwaku:

    Desiring something that you cannot possess is but a fruitless voyage.

  5. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.

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