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possess

verb [T]  /pəˈzes/ us  

possess verb [T] (OWN)

to have or own something, or to have a particular quality: Those states are the countries that possess nuclear weapons. She possesses the unusual talent of knowing when to say nothing.

possess verb [T] (CONTROL)

(of a desire or an idea) to take control over a person’s mind, making that person behave in a strange way: I don’t know what possessed me to start yelling like that.
possessor
noun [C usually sing]  /pəˈzes·ər/ us  
I am now the proud possessor of a driver’s license!
Translations of “possess”
in Korean 소유하다…
in Arabic يَمْلُك…
in French posséder…
in Turkish sahip olmak, ...ın/in sahibi olmak…
in Italian avere, possedere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擁有, 具有…
in Russian обладать, владеть…
in Polish posiadać…
in Spanish poseer, tener en su haber, tener…
in Portuguese possuir…
in German besitzen…
in Catalan posseir, tenir…
in Japanese ~を所有する, 持つ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拥有, 具有…
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