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possessed

[ puh-zest ]
/ pəˈzɛst /
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adjective
spurred or moved by a strong feeling, madness, or a supernatural power (often followed by by, of, or with): The army fought as if possessed. The village believed her to be possessed of the devil.
self-possessed; poised.
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Idioms about possessed

    possessed of, having; possessing: He is possessed of intelligence and ambition.

Origin of possessed

First recorded in 1525–35; possess + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM possessed

pos·sess·ed·ly [puh-zes-id-lee, -zest-lee], /pəˈzɛs ɪd li, -ˈzɛst li/, adverbpos·sess·ed·ness, nounnon·pos·sessed, adjectiveun·pos·sessed, adjective
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How to use possessed in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for possessed

possessed
/ (pəˈzɛst) /

adjective
(foll by of) owning or having
(usually postpositive) under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit or strong emotion
a less common word for self-possessed
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