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POSSESSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does possession mean? 

POSSESSION (noun)
  The noun POSSESSION has 7 senses:

1. the act of having and controlling property
2. anything owned or possessed
3. being controlled by passion or the supernatural
4. a mania restricted to one thing or idea
5. a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
6. the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
7. (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)

  Familiarity information: POSSESSION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSSESSION (noun)


Sense 1possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of having and controlling property

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

possession; ownership

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

control (the activity of managing or exerting control over something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "possession"):

holding; keeping; retention (the act of retaining something)

criminal possession ((law) possession for which criminal sanctions are provided because the property may not lawfully be possessed or may not be possessed under certain circumstances)

constructive possession ((law) having the power and intention to have and control property but without direct control or actual presence upon it)

actual possession ((law) immediate and direct physical control over property)


Sense 2possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything owned or possessed

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

relation (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "possession"):

belongings; holding; material possession; property (something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone)

white elephant (a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive)

transferred possession; transferred property (a possession whose ownership changes or lapses)

circumstances (a person's financial situation (good or bad))

assets (anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company)

treasure (any possession that is highly valued by its owner)

liabilities (anything that is owed to someone else)


Sense 3possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being controlled by passion or the supernatural

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

enchantment; spell; trance (a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation)


Sense 4possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mania restricted to one thing or idea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

monomania; possession

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

cacoethes; mania; passion (an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action)


Sense 5possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A territory that is controlled by a ruling state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

district; dominion; territorial dominion; territory (a region marked off for administrative or other purposes)

Instance hyponyms:

Faeroe Islands; Faeroes; Faroe Islands; Faroes (a self-governing colony that is a possession of Denmark in the Faroe Islands)

Gilbert and Ellice Islands (a former British possession in Micronesia)

American Virgin Islands; United States Virgin Islands; VI (more than 130 southeastern Virgin Islands; a dependent territory of the United States)

British Virgin Islands (more than 40 northeastern Virgin Islands (15 inhabited); a dependent territory of the United Kingdom)

Macao; Macau (a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999)

French Oceania; French Polynesia (a French overseas possession in the South Pacific)


Sense 6possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

willpower; self-possession; self-command; self-control; self-will; possession

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

firmness; firmness of purpose; resoluteness; resolution; resolve (the trait of being resolute)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "possession"):

nerves (control of your emotions)

presence of mind (self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency)


Sense 7possession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

they took possession of the ball on their own goal line

Hypernyms ("possession" is a kind of...):

control (the activity of managing or exerting control over something)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)


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