verb (used with object)
Origin of possess
Related Words for possessorlessee, heir, proprietor, beneficiary, retainer, master, occupant, landlord, buyer, partner, holder, trustee, purchaser, laird, legatee, landowner, inheritor, occupier, heiress, landlady
Examples from the Web for possessor
Contemporary Examples of possessor
The governor of reliably Blue New Jersey and possessor of an outsize personality, he commands attention.Can Chris Christie Avoid the Giuliani Jinx?
August 12, 2013
Historical Examples of possessor
He was of good birth, and he was the possessor of an inherited competence.Within the Law
"It is, it is," the possessor of genius replied, with conviction.
Does not peace dwell within, and are not the hours of its possessor winged with happiness?Imogen
Not a millionaire like her brother, but the possessor of a handsome property.Stories of a Western Town
The possessor of the "Lumley nose" rubbed that organ in a bewildered fashion.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
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.