Possess - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pəˈzes|  American pronunciation of the word possess
Brit.  |pəˈzɛs|  British pronunciation of the word possess

verb

- have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East

- have ownership or possession of (syn: have, own)
- enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

What possessed you to buy this house?
A terrible rage possessed her

Examples

The defendant was charged with possessing cocaine.

The ruby was once possessed by an ancient queen.

He dreams of someday possessing great wealth.

He possesses a keen wit.

The drug possesses the potential to suppress tumors.

Do dolphins possess the ability to use language?

What would possess seemingly sane people to treat concrete walls like trampolines?

Land that is possessed by the city should be turned into parks.

Different workers possess different skills.

He no longer possessed the power to frighten her.

Neither of them possessed a credit card.

Campbell was found guilty of possessing heroin.

A mad rage possessed her.

At what date do you intend to possess yourself of the house?

he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: possess
he/she/it: possesses
present participle: possessing
past tense: possessed
past participle: possessed
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