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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.
noun [C usually sing]  /pəˈzes·ər/ us  
I am now the proud possessor of a driver’s license!
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