What does possession mean?

Definitions for possession
pəˈzɛʃ ənpos·ses·sion

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. possession, ownership(noun)

    the act of having and controlling property

  2. possession(noun)

    anything owned or possessed

  3. possession(noun)

    being controlled by passion or the supernatural

  4. monomania, possession(noun)

    a mania restricted to one thing or idea

  5. possession(noun)

    a territory that is controlled by a ruling state

  6. self-control, self-possession, possession, willpower, will power, self-command, self-will(noun)

    the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior

  7. possession(noun)

    (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)

    "they took possession of the ball on their own goal line"

Wiktionary

  1. possession(Noun)

    Something that someone possesses, but to which he does not necessarily have private property rights.

    Etymology: From possessio (Gen: possessionis)

  2. possession(Noun)

    Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  3. possession(Noun)

    Something that is owned.

    The car quickly became his most prized possession.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  4. possession(Noun)

    Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.

    The car is in my possession.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  5. possession(Noun)

    A territory under the rule of another country.

    Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  6. possession(Noun)

    The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.

    Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  7. possession(Noun)

    The condition of being under the control of strong emotion or madness.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  8. possession(Noun)

    Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.

    The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  9. possession(Noun)

    A disposal of the ball during a game, i.e. a kick or a handball.

    Defender Colin O'Riordan had 41 possessions in the NEAFL last week to continue his outstanding form, while Ryan Clarke had 47 in the Swans' big loss to Brisbane.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

  10. possession(Noun)

    A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.

    Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable possession — my foot will always be mine.

    Etymology: From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possession(noun)

    the act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own

    Etymology: [F. possession, L. possessio.]

  2. Possession(noun)

    the having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command; actual seizin or occupancy; ownership, whether rightful or wrongful

    Etymology: [F. possession, L. possessio.]

  3. Possession(noun)

    the thing possessed; that which any one occupies, owns, or controls; in the plural, property in the aggregate; wealth; dominion; as, foreign possessions

    Etymology: [F. possession, L. possessio.]

  4. Possession(noun)

    the state of being possessed or controlled, as by an evil spirit, or violent passions; madness; frenzy; as, demoniacal possession

    Etymology: [F. possession, L. possessio.]

  5. Possession(verb)

    to invest with property

    Etymology: [F. possession, L. possessio.]

Freebase

  1. Possession

    In law, possession is the control a person intentionally exercises toward a thing. In all cases, to possess something, a person must have an intention to possess it. A person may be in possession of some property. Like ownership, the possession of things is commonly regulated by states under property law.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. possession

    To take possession, is the act of occupying any post, camp, fortress, etc., which might facilitate the operations of an army, or which previously belonged to the enemy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possession' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3364

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'possession' in Nouns Frequency: #1180

How to pronounce possession?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
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How to say possession in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of possession in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of possession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of possession in a Sentence

  1. Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs:

    When that happens, of course, we call in a company that deals with that specifically, and it's taken safely into possession, the uranium is the wild card in that situation.

  2. Bryant McGill:

    Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.

  3. Steffon Josey-Davis:

    They handcuffed me and charged me with unlawful possession of a firearm -- a second-degree felony.

  4. Erie County:

    All evidence related to this case that was given to Erie County Central Police Services by the Town of Hamburg Police Department is accounted for and remains in its original packaging in the possession of Erie County Central Police Services.

  5. Barry Slotnick:

    Whoever has possession of the individual has control, it's up to the Castro brothers.

Images & Illustrations of possession

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