verb (used with object)
Origin of possess
Examples from the Web for possesses
The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.
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
Like all top-drawer authors, García Márquez possesses magnificent authority.García Márquez Showed Us How Great Fiction Could Be|Malcolm Jones|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It possesses its own nouns, verbs and other parts of speech, a sprinkling of slang, and practically no "swear" words.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
He possesses every gift which women and men both admire, but he hasn't our standards.The Great Prince Shan|E. Phillips Oppenheim
At the moment Great Britain possesses about 500 machines, of which about 200 are waterplanes.Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War|Frederick A. Talbot
It is only when one has lost all things, that one knows that one possesses it.De Profundis|Oscar Wilde
Mrs. Howarth possesses the poetical talent of the Irish race.
British Dictionary definitions for possesses
Word Origin for possess
Word Origin and History for possesses
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.