Possess Definition

possessed, possesses, possessing
possessed, possesses, possessing
To have as property; own.
Possess great wealth.
American Heritage
To have under one's power or control.
Possess illegal drugs.
American Heritage
To have as an attribute, quality, faculty, etc.
To possess wisdom.
Webster's New World
To have knowledge or mastery of (a language, etc.)
Webster's New World
To gain strong influence or control over; dominate.
Possessed by an idea.
Webster's New World

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 possīdeō.

    From Wiktionary

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