possessed

adjective pos·sessed \ pə-ˈzest also -ˈsest \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of possessed

1 a (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

possessedly

play \pə-ˈze-səd-lē, -ˈzest-lē also -ˈse-səd- or -ˈsest-\ adverb

possessedness

play \pə-ˈze-səd-nəs, -ˈzest-nəs also -ˈse-səd- or -ˈsest-\ noun

Examples of possessed in a Sentence

  1. a horror movie about a possessed child

  2. remarkably poised and possessed in the midst of all the turmoil

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First Known Use of possessed

1534



POSSESSED Defined for English Language Learners

possessed

adjective

Definition of possessed for English Language Learners

  • : controlled by a usually evil spirit



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