verb (used with object)
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Origin of possess
synonym study for possess
OTHER WORDS FROM possesspos·ses·sor, nounpos·ses·sor·ship, nounun·der·pos·ses·sor, nounun·pos·sess·ing, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for possess
In the materials Knox possessed, the children, although scantily clad and photographed in suggestive ways, were clothed and were not engaged in sexual acts.Drew S. Days III, first African American to lead civil rights division at Justice Department, dies at 79|Emily Langer|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
She attended arbitration hearings with the club’s resident baseball lifer, a man named Jack Gould who kept an unlit cigar in his mouth and possessed no filter when it came to speaking his mind.Baseball told Kim Ng no (and no, and no) before it finally said yes|Candace Buckner|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Female performers have always possessed all those things, and now more than ever use them, along with their drive and style and image, to fight political oppression, climate change, domestic violence, racial and sexual injustice.Beyoncé, Joni Mitchell and more: A veteran journalist tries to give female stars their due|Elizabeth Hand|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Purpose, the thing so many of us have felt without this year, I suddenly possessed.
Strutting about his Turkeydom he is the object of fear, but lying calmly there on the Thanksgiving day dinner table, robbed of his plumes, unwattled, bound fast and beheaded, love only possesses the breasts of all who regard him.
The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.
Sharpton would later emphasize to The Daily Beast that he neither possesses nor desires such power.Is Al Sharpton Running New York City Hall From the White House?|Michael Daly|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It possesses the power to both humanize and demonize minority groups.
ISIS forces had come so close to Erbil that the city was in range of the Howitzer artillery cannons that ISIS possesses.McCain Calls Obama's 'Pinprick' Iraq Strikes 'Meaningless' and 'Almost Worse Than Nothing'|Josh Rogin|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In short, jazz now possesses a prestige unprecedented in its long history.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love|Ted Gioia|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inclusion, as applied to the events of life possesses the same variety as in regard to words.
And then at last the Pupil if he possesses a first-rate cramming memory might answer questions on it.
This instrument possesses in an eminent degree the admirable qualities of the Amati tone, with also considerable power.
It possesses, however, one advantage; it warns the foot passenger, and affords him time to get out of the way.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
Neither the model, the wood, nor the varnish possesses much verisimilitude at different periods of his career.