Possess meaning

pə-zĕs'
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.

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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.

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To have as an attribute, quality, faculty, etc.

To possess wisdom.

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To have knowledge or mastery of (a language, etc.)
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To gain strong influence or control over; dominate.

Possessed by an idea.

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To keep control over or maintain (oneself, one's mind, etc.)
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To put (someone) in possession of property, facts, etc.; cause to have something specified.
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To seize or win.
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To have; to have ownership of.

He does not even possess a working telephone.

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

They thought he was possessed by evil spirits.

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(dated, with of) To vest ownership in (someone); to give someone power or knowledge; to acquaint; to inform.
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To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
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To gain or seize.
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To hold as property or occupy in person; have as something that belongs to one; own.
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To have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
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Origin of possess

  • Middle English possessen from Old French possesser from Latin possidēre possess- pos- as master poti- in Indo-European roots sedēre to sit sed- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin possessus, past participle of possÄ«deō.
    From Wiktionary