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 Now 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
(C15: from Old French possesser, from Latin possidere to own, occupy; related to Latin sedere to sit)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
1 be blessed with, be born with, be endowed with, enjoy, have, have to one's name, hold, own
2 acquire, control, dominate, hold, occupy, seize, take over, take possession of
3 bewitch, consume, control, dominate, enchant, fixate, influence, mesmerize, obsess, put under a spell
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
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