HyperDic: possess

English > 3 senses of the word possess:
VERBstativepossesshave as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
possessionpossess, own, havehave ownership or possession of
stativepossessenter into and control, as of emotions or ideas
possess > pronunciation
RhymesABS ... yes: 78 rhymes with ehs...
English > possess: 3 senses > verb 1, stative
MeaningHave as an attribute, knowledge, or skill.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"
Narrowerexhibitshow an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill
Broaderhave, featureHave as a feature
English > possess: 3 senses > verb 2, possession
MeaningHave ownership or possession of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsown, have
Narrowerprepossesspossess beforehand
Similar tohave, featureHave as a feature
Spanishdisfrutar, participar, poseer, quedar, tener
Catalandisfrutar, participar, posseïr, posseir, quedar, tenir
Adjectivespossessivedesirous of owning
possessivehaving or showing a desire to control or dominate
Nounspossessionthe act of having and controlling property
possessora person who owns something
English > possess: 3 senses > verb 3, stative
MeaningEnter into and control, as of emotions or ideas.
PatternSomething ----s somebody
  • "What possessed you to buy this house?"
  • "A terrible rage possessed her"
BroaderdominateBe in control
Adjectivespossessedof, pertaining to, or like a demon or possession by a demon

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