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possession ( , countable and uncountable plural )
Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
2020 April 8, Paul Stephen, “ECML dive-under drives divergence”, in Rail, page 44: Once complete, guide rails will be installed inside the tunnels ready for the box jack itself - which NR intends to push into place during a nine-day engineering possession in September, following a trial push in late August. [...] A small number of weekday and weekend possessions will also be required on June 20-21, September 5-6, and between December 19-March 2021, [...] Something that is
The car quickly became his most prized possession. I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that.
Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
The car is in my possession. I'm in possession of the car. A
territory under the rule of another country.
Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions. The condition or
affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession. c. 1594, William Shakespeare, “ The Comedie of Errors”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act V, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 How long hath this possession held the man? The condition of being under the control of strong
emotion or madness.
( sports ) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession. 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC :  Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession once the ball left their bewildered defence.
( Australian rules football ) A disposal of the ball during a game, i.e. a kick or a handball.
2019 In the mix: Who's pushing for selection for round eight? Australian Football League, 7 May 2019. Accessed 7 May 2019.
Defender Colin O'Riordan had 41 possessions in the NEAFL last week to continue his outstanding form, while Ryan Clarke had 47 in the Swans' big loss to Brisbane. ( linguistics ) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable possession — my foot will always be mine.
Usage notes [ edit ]
One who possesses is often said to
have possession (of), hold possession (of), or be in possession (of). One who acquires is often said to take possession (of), gain possession (of), or come into possession (of).
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( taking, holding, keeping something as one's own ) : absence
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Translations [ edit ]
control or occupancy without legal ownership
something that is owned
مُمْتَلَك m ( mumtalak ) Armenian:
գույք (hy) ( guykʿ ), սեփականություն (hy) ( sepʿakanutʿyun ) Belarusian:
маёмасць f ( majómascʹ ), маёмасьць f ( majómasʹcʹ ) ( Taraškievica ), скарб m ( skarb ) Bulgarian:
иму́щество (bg) n ( imúštestvo ), со́бственост (bg) f ( sóbstvenost ) Burmese:
ဥစ္စာ (my) ( ucca ) Catalan:
possessió (ca) , f propietat (ca) f Chinese:
Mandarin: 所有物 (zh) ( suǒyǒuwù ), 財產 , (zh) 财产 (zh) ( cáichǎn ) Czech:
majetek (cs) m Dutch:
bezitting (nl) f Esperanto:
omaisuus (fi) French:
bien (fr) m Galician:
posesión f Georgian:
ქონა (ka) ( kona ) German:
Gut (de) n Gothic:
𐌰𐌹𐌷𐍄𐍃 f ( aihts ), 𐍃𐍅𐌴𐍃 n ( swēs ) Greek:
περιουσιακό στοιχείο n ( periousiakó stoicheío ), απόκτημα (el) n ( apóktima ), κτήμα (el) n ( ktíma ), περιουσία (el) f ( periousía ) ( all one's possessions )
Ancient: κτῆμα n ( ktêma ), ( Epic ) κτέαρ n ( ktéar ) Hungarian:
birtok , (hu) tulajdon , (hu) vagyon , (hu) javak (hu) Irish: seilbh f
保有物 ( hoyūbutsu ), 所有物 ( shoyūbutsu ) Khmer:
កម្មសិទ្ធិ (km) ( kammea’settʰi’ ) Korean:
소유물 (ko) ( soyumul ) Latin:
bonum (la) n Macedonian:
сопственост f ( sopstvenost ) Navajo:
, inchxǫ́ʼí yódí Norwegian:
Bokmål: eiendom m Old English:
ǣht , f āgenung f Polish:
dobytek (pl) , m własność (pl) , f majątek (pl) m Portuguese:
possessão (pt) , f posse (pt) Romanian:
posesie (ro) , f proprietate (ro) f Russian:
иму́щество (ru) n ( imúščestvo ), со́бственность (ru) f ( sóbstvennostʹ ), добро́ (ru) n ( dobró ) ( colloquial or dated ), скарб (ru) m ( skarb ) ( dated ) Slovak:
majetok m Spanish:
posesión (es) f Swedish:
ägodel (sv) , c egendom (sv) c Thai:
ครอบครอง (th) ( krɔ̂ɔp-krɔɔng ) Tocharian B:
waipecce Ukrainian: майно́ n ( majnó ), має́тність f ( majétnistʹ ), скарб m ( skarb ), худо́ба (uk) f ( xudóba ) ( dialectal )
ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own
a territory under the rule of another country
the state of being possessed by a spirit or demon
control of the ball in a disputed sports game
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Translations to be checked
possession ( third-person singular simple present , possessions present participle , possessioning simple past and past participle )
( obsolete ) To invest with property.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary , which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing. (See the entry for possession in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary , G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
Etymology [ edit ]
Latin (nominative of possessionem )
Pronunciation [ edit ]
possession ( f plural )
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