Definition of "possess" []

  • To have as property; own. (verb-transitive)
  • To have as a quality, characteristic, or other attribute: possessed great tact. (verb-transitive)
  • To acquire mastery of or have knowledge of: possess valuable data. (verb-transitive)
  • To gain or exert influence or control over; dominate: Fury possessed me. (verb-transitive)
  • To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition: I possessed my temper despite the insult. (verb-transitive)
  • To have as one's property; own (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To have as a quality, faculty, characteristic, etc (verb)
  • To have knowledge or mastery of (verb)
  • To gain control over or dominate (verb)
  • To cause to be the owner or possessor (verb)
  • To cause to be influenced or dominated (by) (verb)
  • To have sexual intercourse with (verb)
  • To keep control over or maintain (oneself or one's feelings) in a certain state or condition (verb)
  • To gain or seize (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "possess" in a sentence
  • "My abode is humble: in the midst of an orchard, which my father planted: but I possess a few books, some of them curious, and should like to _read_ double the number I _possess_. ""
  • "The unusual quality they possess is that they are fluoresce in UV light or a common black light and will literally glow in the black light."
  • "The history of Tamil invasions against the only homeland that the Buddhist Sinhalese possess is not just the stuff of ancient history, but a living reality underpinned by latter-day Tamil terrorism."