Possess



verb (used with object)
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, especially an evil one) to occupy, dominate, or control (a person) from within:
He thought he was possessed by devils.
4.
(of a feeling, idea, etc.) to dominate or actuate in the manner of such a spirit:
He was possessed by envy.
5.
(of a man) to succeed in having sexual intercourse with.
6.
to have knowledge of:
to possess a language.
7.
to keep or maintain (oneself, one’s mind, etc.) in a certain state, as of peace, patience, etc.
8.
to maintain control over (oneself, one’s mind, etc.).
9.
to impart to; inform; familiarize (often followed by of or with):
to possess someone of the facts of the case.
10.
to cause to be dominated or influenced, as by an idea, feeling, etc.
11.
to make (someone) owner, holder, or master, as of property, information, etc.:
He possessed them of the facts.
12.
to seize or take.
13.
to gain or win.
14.
to occupy or hold.
verb (transitive)
1.
to have as one’s property; own
2.
to have as a quality, faculty, characteristic, etc: to possess good eyesight
3.
to have knowledge or mastery of: to possess a little French
4.
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
7.
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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