possessor

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pos·sess

 (pə-zĕs′)
tr.v. pos·sessed, pos·sess·ing, pos·sess·es
1.
a. To have as property; own: possess great wealth.
b. Law To have under one's power or control: possess illegal drugs.
2.
a. To have as a quality, characteristic, or other attribute: possesses great tact.
b. To have mastery or knowledge of: possess a knowledge of Sanskrit; possess valuable information.
3.
a. To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
b. To occupy fully the mind or feelings of: The dancers were possessed by the music.
c. Often Offensive To have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
d. Archaic To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition: I possessed my temper despite the insult.
4. Archaic To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
5. Archaic To gain or seize.

[Middle English possessen, from Old French possesser, from Latin possidēre, possess- : pos-, as master; see poti- in Indo-European roots + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

pos·ses′sor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.possessor - a person who owns something; "they are searching for the owner of the car"; "who is the owner of that friendly smile?"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
holder - a person who holds something; "they held two hostages"; "he holds the trophy"; "she holds a United States passport"
homeowner, householder - someone who owns a home
part-owner - a person who owns something in common with others
saver - someone who saves (especially money)
shipowner - someone who owns a ship or a share in a ship

possessor

noun
A person who has legal title to property:
Translations
مالِك
majitel
ejer
eigandi

possessor

[pəˈzesəʳ] Nposeedor(a) m/f, dueño/a m/f
to be the proud possessor of sthser el orgulloso dueño or poseedor de algo

possessor

[pəˈzɛsər] npossesseur m

possessor

nBesitzer(in) m(f); to be the proud possessor of somethingder stolze Besitzer von etw sein

possessor

[pəˈzɛsəʳ] npossessore m, proprietario/a
to be the proud possessor of sth → essere orgoglioso/a di possedere qc

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.
References in classic literature ?
Now as you have admitted that justice is one of that highest class of goods which are desired indeed for their results, but in a far greater degree for their own sakes--like sight or hearing or knowledge or health, or any other real and natural and not merely conventional good-- I would ask you in your praise of justice to regard one point only: I mean the essential good and evil which justice and injustice work in the possessors of them.
From all I have said I would have you gather, my poor innocents, that great is the confusion among lineages, and that only those are seen to be great and illustrious that show themselves so by the virtue, wealth, and generosity of their possessors.
Yet I fully admit that many structures are of no direct use to their possessors.
Hence arose those frequent rebellions against the Romans in Spain, France, and Greece, owing to the many principalities there were in these states, of which, as long as the memory of them endured, the Romans always held an insecure possession; but with the power and long continuance of the empire the memory of them passed away, and the Romans then became secure possessors.
The claim on Hunker Creek took toll from its possessors.
The Mohicans were the possessors of the country first occupied by the Europeans in this portion of the continent.
As the necessities of the State, nevertheless, must be satisfied in some mode or other, the defect of other resources must throw the principal weight of public burdens on the possessors of land.
I -- alas, I alone in Flatland -- know now only too well the true solution of this mysterious problem; but my knowledge cannot be made intelligible to a single one of my countrymen; and I am mocked at -- I, the sole possessor of the truths of Space and of the theory of the introduction of Light from the world of three Dimensions -- as if I were the maddest of the mad
The wanton wind had been so busily kissing them all the morning that they were quite dry, so I was able to find room for them in my knapsack without danger to the other contents; and, with a hasty good-day to their recent possessor, I set off at full speed to find a secure nook where I could throw myself down on the grass, and let loose the absurd laughter that was dangerously bottled up within me; but even before I do that it behoves me if possible to vindicate my sanity to the reader.
If Grandfather took pride in anything, it was in being the possessor of such an honorable and historic elbow- chair.
amiable Possessor of HER Heart whose hand is destined to another, why do you thus delay a confession of your attachment to the amiable Object of it?
If not specially observed, it was observable that while a Frayser who was not the proud possessor of a sumptuous copy of the ancestral "poetical works" (printed at the family expense, and long ago withdrawn from an inhospitable market) was a rare Frayser indeed, there was an illogical indisposition to honor the great deceased in the person of his spiritual successor.