verb (used with object)
Origin of possess
Examples from the Web for possessing
He was charged with two counts of possessing a raptor and two counts of possessing a protected species.
Morgan is a convicted felon and therefore barred from possessing firearms.The Mystery of Donald Ray Morgan, the 44-Year-Old American Who Loved ISIS|Michael Daly|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In November 2013, it was reported that 80 prisoners were publicly executed, many for possessing Bibles.
Soldier N was found guilty of possessing illegal firearms and was sentenced to two years in prison.The Man at the Center of the Princess Diana Conspiracy|Nico Hines|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was one of the great journalists of our generation, possessing spark and insight and righteous indignation.
Sir Michael, not possessing the gift of eloquence himself, beckoned to his elder brother to speak.Tales From Jkai|Mr Jkai
I have adopted Schlegel's reading, which substitutes Dwapara for Kali, as possessing the dice.Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems|Henry Hart Milman
These charms are either inherited or revealed to their owners by the spirits in dreams, as possessing medicinal virtue.Children of Borneo|Edwin Herbert Gomes
But no one can adequately comprehend it without previously possessing adequate knowledge of the body.
For Steve was 'cute, and had the advantage of possessing trained trappers.How Canada was Won|F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for possessing
Word Origin for possess
Word Origin and History for possessing
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.