pos·​sessed | \ pə-ˈzest also -ˈsest How to pronounce possessed (audio) \

Definition of possessed

1a(1) : influenced or controlled by something (such as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea)
(2) : mad, crazed
b : urgently desirous to do or have something
2 obsolete : held as a possession

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Other Words from possessed

possessedly \ pə-​ˈze-​səd-​lē How to pronounce possessedly (audio) , -​ˈzest-​lē also  -​ˈse-​səd-​ or  -​ˈsest-​ \ adverb
possessedness \ pə-​ˈze-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce possessedness (audio) , -​ˈzest-​nəs also  -​ˈse-​səd-​ or  -​ˈsest-​ \ noun

Examples of possessed in a Sentence

a horror movie about a possessed child remarkably poised and possessed in the midst of all the turmoil
Recent Examples on the Web But without the frightening, possessed animal band at Chuck E. Cheese, what there be to do there besides watch parents drink and fight each other? Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Walkthru: Three eclipsed Bengals," 21 Aug. 2017 The innocents soon become the target of a possessed doll. Daily News, The Mercury News, "Here are the summer movie release dates for 2017," 30 Apr. 2017 A possessed criminal, a determined police force and the beginning of a pivotal new use for psychiatry. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "'Incendiary' is an explosive look at New York City bomb case," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of possessed

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of possessed was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Possessed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possessed. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of possessed

: controlled by a usually evil spirit

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