noun pos·ses·sion \-ˈze-shən also -ˈse-\

: the condition of having or owning something

: something that is owned or possessed by someone

law : the crime of having something that is illegal (such as a drug or weapon)

Full Definition of POSSESSION

a :  the act of having or taking into control
b :  control or occupancy of property without regard to ownership
c :  ownership
d :  control of the ball or puck; also :  an instance of having such control (as in football) <scored on their first two possessions>
:  something owned, occupied, or controlled :  property
a :  domination by something (as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea)
b :  a psychological state in which an individual's normal personality is replaced by another
c :  self-possession
pos·ses·sion·al \-ˈzesh-nəl, -ˈze-shə-nəl also -ˈsesh-nəl or -ˈse-shə-nəl\ adjective
pos·ses·sion·less \-ˈze-shən-ləs, -ˈse-\ adjective

Examples of POSSESSION

  1. The city can take possession of the abandoned buildings.
  2. She came into possession of a rare silver coin.
  3. The family lost all of its possessions in the fire.
  4. This ring was my mother's most precious possession.
  5. The defendant was charged with heroin possession.

First Known Use of POSSESSION

14th century
POSSESSIONAL Defined for Kids


noun pos·ses·sion \pə-ˈze-shən\

Definition of POSSESSION for Kids

:  the condition of having or owning something <The will is in my possession.>
:  something that is held by someone as property <a valuable possession>


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