verb (used with object)
Origin of possess
Related Words for possessenjoy, own, seize, acquire, occupy, maintain, carry, retain, control, hog, dominate, bear, corner, grab, hold
Examples from the Web for possess
Contemporary Examples of possess
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
That thing we seemed to possess was not the other, but an image of them we formed—they themselves are still free.
I know that many people do not feel they possess their partners and lovers.
The Fish and Wildlife officer told him that it was illegal to possess a protected species or a raptor.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
We attribute his successes or failures to the presence or lack of some special sauce that he does or does not possess.The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety
October 31, 2014
Historical Examples of possess
The misfortune was that this was the only thing they cared to possess.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
In painting, we believe we possess a school second to none of modern art.
If our whole horizon of truth were not broadened, we could not possess this command.The Conquest of Fear
There are some papers and some money I must possess myself of.The Imaginary Invalid
It is tragic how few people ever ‘possess their souls’ before they die.De Profundis
Word Origin for possess
late 14c., "to hold, occupy, reside in" (without regard to ownership), a back formation from possession and in part from Old French possesser "to have and hold, take, be in possession of" (mid-13c.), from Latin possess-, past participle stem of possidere "to have and hold, possess, be master of, own," from posse "to be able," from potis "able, powerful" (see potent) + esse "to be" (see be). Meaning "to hold as property" is recorded from c.1500. Demonic sense is recorded from 1530s (implied in possessed). Related: Possessed; possessing.