[ puh-zes ]
/ pəˈzɛs /

verb (used with object)

Origin of possess

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

Related forms

pos·ses·sor, nounpos·ses·sor·ship, nounun·der·pos·ses·sor, nounun·pos·sess·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See have.
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Examples from the Web for possessorship

  • Suddenly, at the sight, a rage of possessorship awoke in her.

    The Reef|Edith Wharton
  • He knew that he was touching a sensitive chord, for Bessy had to the full her sex's pride of possessorship.

    The Fruit of the Tree|Edith Wharton
  • He experiences the overwhelming joy of possessorship, for she is his.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago|Amanda Millie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for possessorship


/ (pəˈzɛs) /

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

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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