AskDefine | Define possess

Dictionary Definition



1 have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill; "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"
2 have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?" [syn: own, have]
3 enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas; "What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her"

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. To have; to have ownership of.
    He does not even possess a working telephone.
  2. To take control of someone's body or mind, especially in a supernatural manner.
    They thought he was possessed by evil spirits.


to have; to have ownership of

Extensive Definition

The word Possession might refer to:


  • Spirit possession, belief in the control of the behavior of a living thing or natural object by a spiritual being
  • Demonic possession, belief in the control of a person by the Devil or other malevolent spirit



  • Possession (law), exclusive practical control of a thing, in the context of the legal implications of that control



See also

possess in German: Possession
possess in French: Possession
possess in Italian: Possession

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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