verb (used with object)
- posse comitatus,
- possessed by,
- possessed, the,
Origin of possess
Examples from the Web for possessor
The governor of reliably Blue New Jersey and possessor of an outsize personality, he commands attention.
He lived in princely style; was the possessor of numerous automobiles, coaches, and an expensive racing-stable.The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar|Maurice Leblanc
What is likely to be the effect of the possession of power upon the possessor himself?College Teaching|Paul Klapper
The players were seated in a half-circle, and the possessor of the ball faced the others.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol I of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
Word Origin for possess
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.