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possess

[ puh-zes ]
/ pəˈzɛs /
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verb (used with object)
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Origin of possess

1425–75; late Middle English possesen<Middle French possess(i)er, noun derivative of possessionpossession

synonym study for possess

1. See have.

OTHER WORDS FROM possess

pos·ses·sor, nounpos·ses·sor·ship, nounun·der·pos·ses·sor, nounun·pos·sess·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for possess

possess
/ (pəˈzɛs) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of possess

possessor, 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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