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pos·ses·sion

 (pə-zĕsh′ən)
n.
1.
a. The act or fact of possessing.
b. The state of being possessed: the land's possession by the town.
2.
a. Something owned or possessed: removed his possessions from the desk.
b. A territory subject to foreign control.
3. Law
a. Power or control over something: possession of a firearm.
b. Occupation or control of a piece of property, with or without ownership.
c. A right of occupation and use: The tenant has possession of the apartment until the end of the lease.
d. The crime of possessing an illegal drug.
4.
a. The state of being dominated or controlled by a demon or spirit.
b. The state of being occupied or obsessed with something, such as an idea.
5. Sports
a. Physical control of the ball or puck by a player or team.
b. An instance of this: Ideally, we would score on each possession.

pos·ses′sion·al adj.

possession

(pəˈzɛʃən)
n
1. the act of possessing or state of being possessed: in possession of the crown.
2. anything that is owned or possessed
3. (plural) wealth or property
4. the state of being controlled or dominated by or as if by evil spirits
5. the physical control or occupancy of land, property, etc, whether or not accompanied by ownership: to take possession of a house.
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a territory subject to a foreign state or to a sovereign prince: colonial possessions.
7. (General Sporting Terms) sport control of the ball, puck, etc, as exercised by a player or team: he lost possession in his own half.

pos•ses•sion

(pəˈzɛʃ ən)

n.
1. the act or fact of possessing.
2. the state of being possessed.
3. ownership.
4. Law. actual holding or occupancy, either with or without rights of ownership.
5. a thing possessed or owned.
6. possessions, property or wealth.
7. a territorial dominion of a state.
8.
a. physical control of the ball or puck by a player or team.
b. the right of a team to put the ball into play.
9. control over oneself, one's mind, etc.
10. domination or obsession by a feeling or idea.
11. the feeling or idea itself.

possession

  • have - Coming through Proto-Germanic khaben, it was from Indo-European kap-, meaning "possession."
  • jouisance - Also spelled jouissance, it is another word for "enjoyment" or "possession or use of something."
  • tenement - First meant "holding as a possession."
  • white elephant - The name of this animal, which has an enormous appetite, has come to mean "useless, expensive possession"—or a possession that is more trouble than it is worth.

possession

The condition of being dominated by an evil spirit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.possession - the act of having and controlling propertypossession - the act of having and controlling property
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
actual possession - (law) immediate and direct physical control over property
constructive possession - (law) having the power and intention to have and control property but without direct control or actual presence upon it
criminal possession - (law) possession for which criminal sanctions are provided because the property may not lawfully be possessed or may not be possessed under certain circumstances
holding, retention, keeping - the act of retaining something
2.possession - anything owned or possessed
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
belongings, property, holding - something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
white elephant - a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive
transferred possession, transferred property - a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
circumstances - a person's financial situation (good or bad); "he found himself in straitened circumstances"
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
treasure - any possession that is highly valued by its owner; "the children returned from the seashore with their shells and other treasures"
liabilities - anything that is owed to someone else
3.possession - being controlled by passion or the supernatural
spell, trance, enchantment - a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
4.possession - a mania restricted to one thing or ideapossession - a mania restricted to one thing or idea
cacoethes, mania, passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
5.possession - a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
district, territorial dominion, territory, dominion - a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
6.possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behaviorpossession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
nerves - control of your emotions; "this kind of tension is not good for my nerves"
presence of mind - self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
7.possession - (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck); "they took possession of the ball on their own goal line"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

possession

noun
1. ownership, control, custody, hold, hands, tenure, occupancy, proprietorship These documents are now in the possession of the authorities.
2. province, territory, colony, dominion, protectorate All of these countries were once French possessions.
plural noun
1. property, things, effects, estate, assets, wealth, belongings, chattels, goods and chattels People had lost their homes and all their possessions.
take possession of seize, take, appropriate, get hold of, confiscate, impound, commandeer, requisition, sequester, expropriate, help yourself to, sequestrate Earl had taken possession of the gun.
Quotations
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal" Bible: St. Matthew
Proverbs
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"
"Possession is nine points of the law"

possession

noun
1. The fact of possessing or the legal right to possess something:
2. One's portable property.Used in plural:
belonging (often used in plural), effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), lares and penates, personal effects, personal property, property, thing (often used in plural).
Informal: stuff.
Law: chattel, movable (often used in plural).
3. Something, as land and assets, legally possessed.Used in plural:
estate, holding (often used in plural), property.
4. An area subject to rule by an outside power:
Translations
إِمْتِلاكإمْتِلاكإمْتِلاك، تَمَلُّك
majetekvlastnictívlastnictví
besiddelseejeejendelkoloni
omistus
vlasništvo
birtoklásgyarmatmegszállottságtulajdonbirtok
eign
所有
소유
dobytekopętanieposiadaniewłasność
posesposest
ägodel
ความเป็นเจ้าของ
sự sỡ hữu

possession

[pəˈzeʃən]
A. N
1. (= act, state) → posesión f
to come into possession ofadquirir
to come or pass into the possession ofpasar a manos de
to get possession of [+ building, property] → ganar derecho de entrada a
to get/have possession of the ball (Sport) → hacerse con/tener el balón
to have sth in one's possessiontener algo (en su posesión or sus manos)
to be in possession of sthestar en posesión de algo
to be in full possession of one's facultiesestar en pleno uso de sus facultades mentales
to be in the possession ofestar en posesión or manos de
to take possession of sth (Jur) → tomar posesión de algo; (by force) → apoderarse de algo
a house with vacant possessionuna casa (que se vende) desocupada
"with vacant possession""llave en mano"
possession is nine points or tenths of the lawla posesión es lo que cuenta
2. (= thing possessed) → posesión f possessionsposesiones fpl, bienes mpl
Spain's overseas possessionslas posesiones de España en ultramar
3. (illegal) [of drugs] → posesión f
possession of armstenencia f de armas
4. (by devil) → posesión f
B. CPD possession order N (Brit) (Jur) → orden f de posesión

possession

[pəˈzɛʃən] n
(= thing) → possession f
your possessions (= portable belongings) → vos affaires fpl (= property) → vos biens mpl
She tidied away her possessions → Elle a rangé ses affaires.
They lost all their possessions in the earthquake → Ils ont perdu tous leurs biens lors du tremblement de terre., Ils ont perdu tout ce qu'ils possédaient lors du tremblement de terre.
his most precious possessions → ses biens les plus précieux
He left his most precious possessions behind → Il a laissé ce qu'il avait de plus précieux., Il a laissé ses biens les plus précieux.
possession of sth (= fact of having) → possession f de qch; [+ passport, driving licence] → détention f de qch
possession of drugs → détention f de drogue
to be in possession of sth → posséder qch
to take possession of sth [troops, rebels, invaders] → prendre possession de qch; [new owner] → prendre possession de qch
to be in the possession of sb → être en la possession de qn

possession

n
(= ownership)Besitz m; (Sport: of ball) → Ballbesitz m; (fig: = control) (of feelings, oneself)Kontrolle f; to have something in one’s possessionetw in seinem Besitz haben; to have/take possession of somethingetw in Besitz haben/nehmen; to come into/get possession of somethingin den Besitz von etw gelangen/kommen; to get/have possession of the ballin Ballbesitz gelangen/sein; to be in possession of somethingim Besitz von etw sein; I’m in full possession of the factsich verfüge über alle Tatsachen; he put me in possession of the information I requireder lieferte or verschaffte mir die Informationen, die ich benötigte; according to the information in my possessionnach den mir zur Verfügung stehenden Informationen; to be in possession of a houseein Haus in Besitz haben; to take possession of a houseein Haus in Besitz nehmen; possession is nine points of the law (prov) → das Recht steht auf der Seite der Besitzenden
(by demons) → Besessenheit f
(= thing possessed)Besitz m no pl; (= territory)Besitzung f; all his possessionssein gesamter Besitz, seine gesamten Besitztümer

possession

[pəˈzɛʃn] n
a. (ownership) → possesso
in possession of → in possesso di
house with vacant possession → casa libera subito
to have sth in one's possession → avere qc in proprio possesso
to get possession of → entrare in possesso di
to take possession of sth → impossessarsi or impadronirsi di qc
to take possession of a house → prendere possesso di una casa
to get/have possession of the ball (Sport) → impossessarsi/essere in possesso della palla
b. (thing possessed) → bene m, avere m
her most treasured possession → la cosa più cara che ha

possess

(pəˈzes) verb
to own or have. How much money does he possess?
posˈsession (-ʃən) noun
1. something which is owned by a person, country etc. She lost all her possessions in the fire.
2. the state of possessing.
posˈsessive (-siv) adjective
1. showing that someone or something possesses an object etc. `Yours', `mine', `his', `hers', `theirs' are possessive pronouns; `your', `my', `his', `their' are possessive adjectives.
2. acting as though things and people are one's personal possessions. a possessive mother.
posˈsessively adverb
posˈsessiveness noun
posˈsessor noun
He is the proud possessor of a new car.

possession

إِمْتِلاك vlastnictí besiddelse Besitztum κτήση posesión omistus possession vlasništvo possesso 所有 소유 bezit eiendel posiadanie posse обладание ägodel ความเป็นเจ้าของ mülkiyet sự sỡ hữu 拥有物

possession

n. posesión.
References in classic literature ?
She had cherished her anger till it grew strong and took possession of her, as evil thoughts and feelings always do unless cast out at once.
He had a habit of talking aloud to himself, and early in life a spirit of quiet sadness often took possession of him.
The latter, likewise, remained by themselves, though they knew doubtless that there was likely to be a strenuous race for the possession of the idol of gold, then, it was presumed, buried deep in some forest-covered city.
They came to pick up an easy living among the dogs and owls, which were quite defenceless against them; took possession of their comfortable houses and ate the eggs and puppies.
She had possession of the rocker, and she was busily engaged in sewing upon a diminutive pair of night-drawers.
It was in this scene of strife and bloodshed that the incidents we shall attempt to relate occurred, during the third year of the war which England and France last waged for the possession of a country that neither was destined to retain.
We immediately took possession of Old Chelicothe without opposition, being deserted by its inhabitants.
It caused the poorest member of the race to feel as if he inherited a kind of nobility, and might yet come into the possession of princely wealth to support it.
True, among the more upright and honorable whalemen allowances are always made for peculiar cases, where it would be an outrageous moral injustice for one party to claim possession of a whale previously chased or killed by another party.
She has in her possession the card of an actor by profession, who superintended an amateur theatrical performance at Clifton, in which she took part; and to him she has gone to help her.
The petition concluded with stating, that the Earl, under pretence of the deeds thus iniquitously obtained, had taken possession of the whole place and living of Crossraguel, and enjoyed the profits thereof for three years.
But, Commander of the Faithful, the love of gold had taken such possession of my heart, that I could not even stop to examine the riches, but fell upon the first pile of gold within my reach and began to heap it into a sack that I had brought with me.