English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle French possesser ( “ to possess ” ), from Latin , past participle of possessus .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
possess ( third-person singular simple present , possesses present participle , possessing simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To have; to have ownership of.
He does not even possess a working telephone.
1818, Mary Shelley, , Volume 3, Chapter 7:
Frankenstein [...], the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds, which hardly any later friend can obtain. 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest :  He read the letter aloud. Sophia listened with the studied air of one for whom, even in these days, a title possessed some surreptitious allurement.
( transitive ) To take control of someone's body or mind, especially in a supernatural manner.
They thought he was possessed by evil spirits. What on earth possessed you to go walking by the quarry at midnight? ( transitive , dated , chiefly with of ) To vest ownership in (someone); to give someone power or knowledge; to acquaint; to inform.
Synonyms [ edit ]
( (with of) , to vest ownership ) : seise ( qualities or characteristics ) : inhold
Translations [ edit ]
to have; to have ownership of
مَلَكَ (ar) ( malaka ), اِمْتَلَكَ ( imtalaka ), تَمَلَّكَ ( tamallaka ) Azerbaijani:
malik olmaq (az) Bulgarian:
притежавам (bg) ( pritežavam ) Catalan:
Mandarin: 抱有 (zh) ( bàoyǒu ), 具有 (zh) ( jùyǒu ), 所有 (zh) ( suǒyǒu ), 具備 , (zh) 具备 (zh) ( jùbèi ), 擁有 , (zh) 拥有 (zh) ( yōngyǒu ) Czech:
vlastnit (cs) Danish:
, besidde eje (da) Dutch:
bezitten (nl) Esperanto:
( own ) , posedi ( have ) havi (eo) Finnish:
omistaa (fi) French:
posséder (fr) Georgian:
ფლობს ( plobs ) German:
besitzen (de) Greek:
Ancient: κέκτημαι ( kéktēmai ) Hungarian: ( own ) birtokol , (hu) ( dispose of ) rendelkezik , (hu) ( obsolete ) bír , (hu) ( have ) van (hu)
possedere , (it) avere (it) Japanese:
所持する (ja) ( しょじする, shoji suru ), 所有する (ja) ( しょゆうする, shoyū suru ), 占有する (ja) ( せんゆうする, senyū suru ) Khmer:
please add this translation if you can Latin:
habeo , (la) , possideo teneo (la) Norwegian:
posiadać (pl) Portuguese:
possuir , (pt) ter (pt) Romanian:
avea , (ro) deține , (ro) poseda (ro) Russian:
облада́ть (ru) impf ( obladátʹ ), владе́ть (ru) impf ( vladétʹ ), име́ть (ru) ( imétʹ ) Spanish:
poseer (es) Swedish:
inneha , (sv) besitta , (sv) äga (sv) Tagalog:
ครอบครอง (th) ( krɔ̂ɔp-krɔɔng ) Turkish:
sahip olmak , (tr) malik olmak (tr) Vietnamese:
sở hữu (vi) Zhuang: miz
to take control of someone's body or mind
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