Definition of Possess in English :

Define Possess in English

Possess meaning in English

Meaning of Possess in English

Pronunciation of Possess in English

Possess pronunciation in English

Pronounce Possess in English


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1. possess

have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

Example Sentences:
'he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East'

2. have, own, possess

have ownership or possession of

Example Sentences:
'He owns three houses in Florida'
'How many cars does she have?'

3. possess

enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

Example Sentences:
'What possessed you to buy this house?'
'A terrible rage possessed her'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
to have as one's property; own
to have as a quality, faculty, characteristic, etc
to possess good eyesight
to have knowledge or mastery of
to possess a little French
to gain control over or dominate
whatever possessed you to act so foolishly?
5. (foll by of)
to cause to be the owner or possessor
I am possessed of the necessary information
6. (often foll by with)
to cause to be influenced or dominated (by)
the news possessed him with anger
to have sexual intercourse with
8. rare
to keep control over or maintain (oneself or one's feelings) in a certain state or condition
possess yourself in patience until I tell you the news
9. archaic
to gain or seize

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verb transitive
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
8.  Archaic
to seize or win

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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tr.v. pos·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.
4. Archaic To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
5. Archaic To gain or seize.

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