W3 [pəˈzeʃən] n
1¦(having something)¦
2¦(something you own)¦
6¦(evil spirits)¦
7 in (full) possession of your faculties/senses
8 possession is nine-tenths of the law
1.) ¦(HAVING SOMETHING)¦[U] formal
if something is in your possession, you own it, or you have obtained it from somewhere
in sb's possession
The house has been in the family's possession since the 1500s.
That information is not in our possession.
in possession of sth
She was found in possession of stolen goods.
How did the painting come into your possession (=how did you get it) ?
The finance company now has possession of the house.
We didn't take possession of (=get and start using) the car until a few days after the auction.
2.) ¦(SOMETHING YOU OWN)¦ [C usually plural]
something that you own or have with you at a particular time
He had sold all his possessions and left the country.
I packed my remaining possessions into the trunk.
treasured/prized/precious possession
(=one that is very important to you)
This old violin had been her father's most treasured possession.
Prisoners were allowed no personal possessions .
3.) ¦(CRIME)¦[U]
law the crime of having illegal drugs or weapons with you or in your home
possession of
He was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine.
4.) ¦(SPORT)¦[U]
when a person or team has control of the ball in some sports
win/lose/gain etc possession
Pittsburgh got possession and scored.
5.) ¦(COUNTRY)¦ [C usually plural]
a country controlled or governed by another country
France's former colonial possessions
a situation in which someone's mind is being controlled by something evil
Was it a case of demonic possession?
7.) in (full) possession of your faculties/senses
able to think in a clear and intelligent way, and not crazy or affected by old age
8.) possession is nine-tenths of the law
used to say that if you have something, you are likely to be able to keep it, even if it is not yours

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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