Possess definition

pə-zĕs
To keep control over or maintain (oneself, one's mind, etc.)
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To have; to have ownership of.

He does not even possess a working telephone.

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(law) To have under one's power or control.

Possess illegal drugs.

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

To possess wisdom.

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To gain strong influence or control over; dominate.

Possessed by an idea.

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To put (someone) in possession of property, facts, etc.; cause to have something specified.
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(archaic) To seize or win.
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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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(archaic) To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
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(archaic) To gain or seize.
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To have as property; own.

Possess great wealth.

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To have as a quality, characteristic, or other attribute.

Possesses great tact.

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To have mastery or knowledge of.

Possess a knowledge of Sanskrit; possess valuable information.

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To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
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To occupy fully the mind or feelings of.

The dancers were possessed by the music.

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(often offensive) To have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
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(archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition.

I possessed my temper despite the insult.

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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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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 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 knowledge or mastery of (a language, etc.)
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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 possīdeō.

    From Wiktionary