Possession - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pəˈzeʃn|  American pronunciation of the word possession
Brit.  |pəˈzeʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word possession


- the act of having and controlling property (syn: ownership)
- anything owned or possessed
- being controlled by passion or the supernatural
- a mania restricted to one thing or idea (syn: monomania)
- a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
- the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior (syn: self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, willpower)
- (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)
they took possession of the ball on their own goal line

Extra examples

The city can take possession of the abandoned buildings.

She came into possession of a rare silver coin.

The family lost all of its possessions in the fire.

This ring was my mother's most precious possession.

The defendant was charged with heroin possession.

The house has been in the family's possession since the 1500s.

That information is not in our possession.

She was found in possession of stolen goods.

How did the painting come into your possession (=how did you get it)?

The finance company now has possession of the house.

We didn't take possession of (=get and start using) the car until a few days after the auction.

He had sold all his possessions and left the country.

I packed my remaining possessions into the trunk.

This old violin had been her father's most treasured possession.

Prisoners were allowed no personal possessions.

Word forms

singular: possession
plural: possessions
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