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Definitions of possess

  1. To be the owner of; to have as a quality; hold in control; as, to possess one's soul in patience; to control mentally; as, anger possessed him; be master of; occupy; seize; as, to possess a city during war. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To have or hold as an owner: to have the control of: to inform: to seize: to enter into and influence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To have or hold as owner; enter and influence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To have; own; control; dominate; impress thoroughly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill; "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To occupy in person; to hold or actually have in one's own keeping; to have and to hold. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To have the legal title to; to have a just right to; to be master of; to own; to have; as, to possess property, an estate, a book. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To obtain occupation or possession of; to accomplish; to gain; to seize. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To enter into and influence; to control the will of; to fill; to affect; -- said especially of evil spirits, passions, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To put in possession; to make the owner or holder of property, power, knowledge, etc.; to acquaint; to inform; -- followed by of or with before the thing possessed, and now commonly used reflexively. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To hold; to own; to occupy; to seize; to have the power over. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for possess

  1. Toni came to the same conclusion that custom alone is not sufficient for marriage, and if one has learned to know happiness, one wants to possess it also. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  2. Should he go in and possess – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn