possess

possess
pos|sess
W3 [pəˈzes] v [T not in progressive]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: possesser, from Latin possidere]
1.) formal to have a particular quality or ability
Different workers possess different skills.
He no longer possessed the power to frighten her.
2.) formal or law to have or own something
Neither of them possessed a credit card.
Campbell was found guilty of possessing heroin.
3.) what possessed sb (to do sth)?
spoken used to say that you cannot understand why someone did something stupid
What on earth possessed her to do it?
4.) literary if a feeling possesses you, you suddenly feel it very strongly and it affects your behaviour
A mad rage possessed her.
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HINT sense 1
In spoken English it is much more usual to use have or have got: He has a lot of talent.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Possess — Pos*sess (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Possessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Possessing}.] [L. possessus, p. p. of possidere to have, possess, from an inseparable prep. (cf. {Position}) + sedere to sit. See {Sit}.] 1. To occupy in person; to hold or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • possess — pos·sess /pə zes/ vt: to have possession of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. possess I …   Law dictionary

  • possess — pos‧sess [pəˈzes] verb [transitive] formal 1. to own or have something, especially something valuable or important, or something illegal: • The US is the only country that possesses global economic, military and political power. • Judges rarely… …   Financial and business terms

  • possess — mid 15c., to hold, occupy, reside in (without regard to ownership), from O.Fr. possessier (mid 13c.), from L. possess , pp. stem of possidere to possess. Meaning to hold as property is recorded from c.1500. Demonic sense is recorded from 1530s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • possess — [pə zes′] vt. [LME < MFr possessier < L possessus, pp. of possidere, to possess < pos , contr. < potis, able (see POTENT) + sedere, to sit] 1. to hold as property or occupy in person; have as something that belongs to one; own 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • possess — own, enjoy, hold, *have Analogous words: control, manage, direct, *conduct: retain, *keep, reserve, withhold …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • possess — [v] have or obtain acquire, bear, be blessed with, be born with, be endowed with, carry, control, corner*, corner the market*, dominate, enjoy, get hands on*, get hold of*, grab, have to name*, hog*, hold, latch on to, lock up, maintain, occupy,… …   New thesaurus

  • possess — ► VERB 1) have as property; own. 2) (also be possessed of) have as an ability, quality, or characteristic. 3) (of a demon or spirit) have complete power over. 4) (of an emotion, idea, etc.) dominate the mind of. ● what possessed you? Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • possess — possessor, n. possessorship, n. /peuh zes /, v.t. 1. to have as belonging to one; have as property; own: to possess a house and a car. 2. to have as a faculty, quality, or the like: to possess courage. 3. (of a spirit, esp. an evil one) to occupy …   Universalium

  • possess — [[t]pəze̱s[/t]] possesses, possessing, possessed 1) VERB: no passive If you possess something, you have it or own it. [V n] He was then arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon... [V n] He is said to possess a fortune o …   English dictionary

  • possess */*/*/ — UK [pəˈzes] / US verb [transitive] Word forms possess : present tense I/you/we/they possess he/she/it possesses present participle possessing past tense possessed past participle possessed 1) formal to own a physical object They were all found… …   English dictionary

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