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POSSESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does possess mean? 

POSSESS (verb)
  The verb POSSESS has 3 senses:

1. have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
2. have ownership or possession of
3. enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

  Familiarity information: POSSESS used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSSESS (verb)


Sense 1possess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East

Hypernyms (to "possess" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "possess"):

exhibit (show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2possess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have ownership or possession of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

own; possess; have

Context examples:

He owns three houses in Florida / How many cars does she have?

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "possess"):

prepossess (possess beforehand)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3possess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

What possessed you to buy this house? / A terrible rage possessed her

Hypernyms (to "possess" is one way to...):

dominate (be in control)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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