what possessed him/her/you/them

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of what possessed him/her/you/them

used to say that someone did something stupid
  • She was acting like a fool. I don't know what possessed her.

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

possessed play
  1. : influenced or controlled by something (such as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea)

  2. : mad, crazed

  3. : urgently desirous to do or have something

him play
  1. : objective case of he

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

them play
  1. : objective case of they

  2. : they

  3. : those

  1. : those


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