possess(redirected from possesses)
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Related to possesses: thesaurus
The verb possess is usually used to say that someone or something has a quality, ability, or feature.
This is a fairly formal use. In conversation, you do not use 'possess'. Instead you use have or have got.
In legal English, if you possess an object or substance, you own it or have it with you.
Past participle: possessed
|Verb||1.||possess - have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill; "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"|
exhibit - show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill; "he exhibits a great talent"
|2.||possess - have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"|
prepossess - possess beforehand
|3.||possess - enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas; "What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her"|
dominate - be in control; "Her husband completely dominates her"
it possesses many advantages → tiene or posee muchas ventajas
to possess a large collection → poseer una gran colección
to possess o.s. of (frm) → tomar posesión de; (violently) → apoderarse de
to possess o.s. or one's soul in patience (liter or hum) → armarse de paciencia
whatever possessed you? → qu'est-ce qui t'a pris?
to be possessed by sth (feeling) → être pris(e) de qch
She was possessed by a frenzied urge to get out of Moscow → Elle fut prise d'une furieuse envie de quitter Moscou.
to be possessed by the devil → être possédé(e) du démon