- Possess means to own or to have.
- An example of possess is when you own a house.
- An example of possess is when you have a quick temper.
- To possess is to have an overwhelming thought or a demon taking over your mind or body.
- An example of possess is to be obsessed with the idea of proposing marriage.
- An example of possess is for the devil to control your mind.
- to hold as property or occupy in person; have as something that belongs to one; own
- to have as an attribute, quality, faculty, etc.: to possess wisdom
- to have knowledge or mastery of (a language, etc.)
- to gain strong influence or control over; dominate: possessed by an idea
- to keep control over or maintain (oneself, one's mind, etc.)
- to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
- to put (someone) in possession of property, facts, etc.; cause to have something specified: usually with of
- Archaic to seize or win
Origin of possessLate Middle English from Middle French possessier from Classical Latin possessus, past participle of possidere, to possess from pos-, contr. from potis, able (see potent) + sedere, to sit
transitive verbpos·sessed, pos·sess·ing, pos·sess·es
- a. To have as property; own: possess great wealth.b. Law To have under one's power or control: possess illegal drugs.
- a. To have as a quality, characteristic, or other attribute: possesses great tact.b. To have mastery or knowledge of: possess a knowledge of Sanskrit; possess valuable information.
- a. To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.b. To occupy fully the mind or feelings of: The dancers were possessed by the music.c. Often Offensive To have sexual intercourse with (a woman).d. Archaic To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition: I possessed my temper despite the insult.
- Archaic To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
- Archaic To gain or seize.
Origin of possessMiddle English possessen from Old French possesser from Latin possidēre possess- pos- as master ; see poti- in Indo-European roots. sedēre to sit ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present possesses, present participle possessing, simple past and past participle possessed)
- 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.
- (dated, with of) To vest ownership in (someone); to give someone power or knowledge; to acquaint; to inform.
- From Latin possessus, past participle of possÄ«deÅ.