verb (used with object)
Origin of possess
Examples from the Web for possess
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.
We attribute his successes or failures to the presence or lack of some special sauce that he does or does not possess.
And it is conjecture, based on the sketchy bits of evidence we possess.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones|Jay Michaelson|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the honours which a physician can possess I either enjoy, or have refused when they were offered to me.Jerome Cardan|William George Waters
No one of the members of these four classes is known to possess vibratile cilia.Marvels of Pond-life|Henry J. Slack
No man should allow himself to recommend another for qualities which he knows he does not possess.The Book of Business Etiquette|Nella Henney
The senses are the only channels to the external world which we possess, and love must come through these channels or not at all.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
So often I borrow trouble and cannot use it, when the peace that I possess is all that I need.Leaves of Life|Margaret Bird Steinmetz
British Dictionary definitions for possess
Word Origin for possess
Word Origin and History 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.