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. To have or hold as an owner: to have the control of: to inform: to seize: to enter into and influence.
  11. To have or hold as owner; enter and influence.
  12. To have; own; control; dominate; impress thoroughly.
  13. To hold; to own; to occupy; to seize; to have the power over.
  14. 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.

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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I possess the influence that no one can resist, he answered- the influence of the Press. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  6. At least I've never observed that you possess the art of flying, have you Lilly dear? – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  7. 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
  8. " 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
  9. All I possess, all I value, is in this city. – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  10. Still, if you ever intend to possess it, you had better not waste time. – The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens
  11. 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
  12. " 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
  13. 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
  14. " Lady Levison appears to possess a very ill opinion of him," resumed Mr. Carlyle. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  15. The soul is a much better thing than all the others which you possess. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  16. What authority do they possess? – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  17. 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