verb (used with object)
to have as belonging to one; have as property; own:
to possess a house and a car.
to have as a faculty, quality, or the like:
to possess courage.
(of a spirit, especially an evil one) to occupy, dominate, or control (a person) from within:
He thought he was possessed by devils.
(of a feeling, idea, etc.) to dominate or actuate in the manner of such a spirit:
He was possessed by envy.
(of a man) to succeed in having sexual intercourse with.
to have knowledge of:
to possess a language.
to keep or maintain (oneself, one’s mind, etc.) in a certain state, as of peace, patience, etc.
to maintain control over (oneself, one’s mind, etc.).
to impart to; inform; familiarize (often followed by of or with):
to possess someone of the facts of the case.
to cause to be dominated or influenced, as by an idea, feeling, etc.
to make (someone) owner, holder, or master, as of property, information, etc.:
He possessed them of the facts.
to seize or take.
to gain or win.
to occupy or hold.
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?
(foll by of) to cause to be the owner or possessor: I am possessed of the necessary information
(often foll by with) to cause to be influenced or dominated (by): the news possessed him with anger
to have sexual intercourse with
(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
(archaic) to gain or seize
late 14c., “to hold, occupy, reside in” (without regard to ownership), a back formation from possession and in part from Old French possesser “to have and hold, take, be in possession of” (mid-13c.), from Latin possess-, past participle stem of possidere “to have and hold, possess, be master of, own,” from posse “to be able,” from potis “able, powerful” (see potent) + esse “to be” (see be). Meaning “to hold as property” is recorded from c.1500. Demonic sense is recorded from 1530s (implied in possessed). Related: Possessed; possessing.
[puh-zes] /pəˈzɛs/ 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 […]
[puh-zes-uh-ree] /pəˈzɛs ə ri/ adjective 1. of or relating to a possessor or to possession: registration of possessory claims. 2. arising from possession: a possessory interest. 3. having possession: possessory landholdings. /pəˈzɛsərɪ/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or having possession 2. (law) arising out of, depending upon, or concerned with possession: a possessory title
[pos-it] /ˈpɒs ɪt/ noun 1. a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or the like, often sweetened and spiced. /ˈpɒsɪt/ noun 1. a drink of hot milk curdled with ale, beer, etc, flavoured with spices, formerly used as a remedy for colds n. spiced drink of hot milk and liquor, mid-15c., of […]
[pos-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌpɒs əˈbɪl ɪ ti/ noun, plural possibilities for 2. 1. the state or fact of being : the possibility of error. 2. something : He had exhausted every possibility but one. /ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. the state or condition of being possible 2. anything that is possible 3. a competitor, candidate, etc, who […]