Possess

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 possess — v.tr. 1 hold as property; own. 2 have a faculty, quality, etc. (they possess a special value for us). 3 (also refl.; foll. by in) maintain (oneself, one s soul, etc.) in a specified state (possess oneself in patience). 4 a (of a demon etc.)… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 possess — 01. We don t [possess] much, but we are rich in family. 02. The little boy s bicycle was his most favorite [possession]. 03. Anthony J. D Angelo said, Treasure your relationships, not your [possessions]. 04. The territory now known as Alaska used …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 possess — pos|sess [ pə zes ] verb transitive *** 1. ) FORMAL to own a physical object: They were all found guilty of illegally possessing firearms. a ) to have a quality or ability: Kate is a woman who possesses a rare intelligence. All these drugs… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 possess —    to copulate with    Historically the male possessed the female, despite the physical contradiction:     I have bought the mansion of a love, But not possess d it. (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)    And explicitly:     We find men who have… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 16 possess — pos•sess [[t]pəˈzɛs[/t]] v. t. 1) to have as belonging to one; have as property; own 2) to have as a faculty, quality, or the like: possess intelligence[/ex] 3) (of a spirit, esp. an evil one) to occupy or control (a person) from within: be… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 possess — /pəˈzɛs / (say puh zes) verb (t) 1. to have as property; to have belonging to one. 2. to have as a faculty, quality, or the like: to possess courage. 3. to have knowledge of: I possess a little French. 4. to keep or maintain (oneself, one s mind …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 possess — verb a) To have; to have ownership of. He does not even possess a working telephone. b) To take control of someones body or mind, especially in a supernatural manner. They thought he was possessed by …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 possess — verb Possess is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑acumen, ↑asset, ↑attribute, ↑authority, ↑capability, ↑capacity, ↑characteristic, ↑charm, ↑dignity, ↑firearm, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 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… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English