possuir

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin possidēre, present active infinitive of possideō, from potis (able) + sedeō (sit).

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Verb[edit]

possuir (first-person singular present indicative possuo, past participle possuído)

  1. to possess; to have; to own
    Possuo dois automóveis.
    (I) have two automobiles.
  2. to have as a quality or characteristic
    Esta frase possui cinco palavras.
    This phrase has five words.
  3. to control (exercise influence over)
    O cristianismo possuia a Europa durante a Idade Média.
    Christianity controlled Europe during the Middle Ages.
  4. (spiritualism) to possess (to take control of someone's body or mind in a supernatural manner)
    Graças ao exorcismo, João livrou-se do demônio que havia o possuido.
    Thanks to the exorcism, John got rid of the demon who had possessed him.
  5. to overwhelm (overpower emotionally)
    O medo nos possuiu.
    Fear overwhelmed us.

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Antonyms[edit]

  • (to have as a quality or characteristic): carecer de
  • (to possess in a supernatural manner): exorcisar

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