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Definitions of possess

  1. have ownership or possession of; " He owns three houses in Florida"; " How many cars does she have?"
  2. enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas; " What possessed you to buy this house?"; " A terrible rage possessed her"
  3. have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill; " he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"
  4. To occupy in person; to hold or actually have in one's own keeping; to have and to hold.
  5. 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.
  6. To obtain occupation or possession of; to accomplish; to gain; to seize.
  7. To enter into and influence; to control the will of; to fill; to affect; -- said especially of evil spirits, passions, etc.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Possessor.
  11. To have or hold as an owner: to have the control of: to inform: to seize: to enter into and influence.
  12. To have or hold as owner; enter and influence.
  13. To have; own; control; dominate; impress thoroughly.
  14. To hold; to own; to occupy; to seize; to have the power over.
  15. To have or hold as an owner; to enjoy; to occupy; to hold the title of, as the rightful proprietor; to have power over, or to affect by some invisible power.
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Quotes of possess

  1. To have another language is to possess a second soul. – Charlemagne
  2. Iraq is not the only nation in the world to possess weapons of mass destruction, but it is the only nation with a leader who has used them against his own people. – Tom Daschle
  3. It is better to believe that a man does possess good qualities than to assert that he does not. – John Francis Davis
  4. If one considered life as a simple loan, one would perhaps be less exacting. We possess actually nothing; everything goes through us. – Eugene Delacroix
  5. As farmers or owners, the poor peasants possess a piece of land. The excellent means of transport enables them often to sell their goods. At the very worst they can mostly provide their own food. – Herman Gorter
  6. All the principal people in the town are concerned in the slave trade, and their chief wealth consists in the number of slaves they possess therefore there is little chance of the trade being, for many years, totally abolished. – George Grey
  7. God saw fit, for wise reasons to allow the people of Israel thus to make and possess slaves; but is this any license to us to enslave any of our fellow -men, to kill any of our fellow -men whom we please and are able to destroy, and take possession of their estates? – Samuel Hopkins
  8. Angels possess greater powers than do human beings. – Walter Lang
  9. Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward. – Wilma Mankiller
  10. Instead, it appears to be a particular mark of beauty that it is considered with tranquil satisfaction; that it pleases if we also do not possess it and we are still far removed from demanding to possess it. – Moses Mendelssohn
  11. The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within. – Yehudi Menuhin
  12. If people have a basic understanding of right from wrong, possess a strong desire to better themselves and persist in there cause, they can break the chain of any negative environment. – Dave Pelzer
  13. Every person who will learn the right way, and who will then continue diligently to follow that right way, is absolutely certain in time to possess great riches and all attending blessings. – Joseph Franklin Rutherford
  14. The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse- as a luxury befitting a young man. – Stendhal
  15. Never say a humorous thing to a man who does not possess humor. He will always use it in evidence against you. – Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Usage examples for possess

  1. All I possess all I value, is in this city. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  2. The soul is a much better thing than all the others which you possess – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  3. At least I've never observed that you possess the art of flying, have you Lilly dear? – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  4. Should he go in and possess – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  5. Still, if you ever intend to possess it, you had better not waste time. – The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens
  6. What authority do they possess – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  7. What a charm there is in agreeable manners, and how soon one feels at ease with those who possess them! – The Idler in France by Marguerite Gardiner
  8. " I desired the Princess Hildegarde to possess all," was the answer. – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  9. Yet here Moses says, 'I must not go over Jordan, but ye shall go over, and possess that good land. – The Bible: what it is by Charles Bradlaugh
  10. I would not accept your hand if I were not sure that I would soon possess your heart. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  11. " On" has become " according to"- which is certainly longer, but does not appear to possess any other advantage over " on." – Luck or Cunning? by Samuel Butler
  12. I do not quite know how to believe the stories I am told of wonderful cows which my friends are fortunate enough to possess – Our Farm of Four Acres and the Money we Made by it by Miss Coulton
  13. " You'll be a deal more wonderful than Judith, because you have a quality she doesn't possess Baird said. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  14. Another sense than that of rest awoke in her; now first in her life the sense of loneliness absolute began to possess her. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  15. " I'd be prepared to stake all I possess although it's not much," he said, " that this was not the work of your hidden enemy." – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  16. I possess the influence that no one can resist, he answered- the influence of the Press. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  17. 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
  18. Matilda seemed touched by the confidence- flattered to possess at last another's secret. – What Will He Do With It, Book 7. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  19. " Lady Levison appears to possess a very ill opinion of him," resumed Mr. Carlyle. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood

Rhymes for possess