[ puh-zest ]
/ pəˈzɛst /


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.


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

Origin of possessed

First recorded in 1525–35; possess + -ed2
Related formspos·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

Definition for possessed (2 of 3)


[ puh-zes ]
/ pəˈzɛs /

verb (used with object)

Origin of possess

1425–75; late Middle English possesen < Middle French possess(i)er, noun derivative of possession possession
Related formspos·ses·sor, nounpos·ses·sor·ship, nounun·der·pos·ses·sor, nounun·pos·sess·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See have.

Definition for possessed (3 of 3)

Possessed, The


a novel (1871) by Dostoevsky.
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British Dictionary definitions for possessed (1 of 2)


/ (pəˈzɛst) /


(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

British Dictionary definitions for possessed (2 of 2)


/ (pəˈzɛs) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formspossessor, noun

Word Origin for possess

C15: from Old French possesser, from Latin possidēre to own, occupy; related to Latin sedēre to sit
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