possessed; possessing; possesses
Essential Meaning of possess
1 formal : to have or own (something) nations that possess nuclear weapons The defendant was charged with possessing cocaine. See More ExamplesThe ruby was once possessed by an ancient queen. He dreams of someday possessing great wealth.
2 : to have or show (a particular quality, ability, skill, etc.) He possesses a keen wit. The drug possesses the potential to suppress tumors. Do dolphins possess the ability to use language?
3 of spirits : to enter into and control (someone)
Full Definition of possess
2a : to seize and take control of : take into one's possession
b : to enter into and control firmly : dominate was possessed by demons
c : to bring or cause to fall under the influence, domination, or control of some emotional or intellectual response or reaction melancholy possesses her
3a obsolete : to instate as owner
b : to make the owner or holder —used in passive construction to indicate simple possession possessed of richespossessed of knowledge and experience
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