possess definition, meaning - what is possess in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “possess”

See all translations

possess

verb [T] uk   us   /pəˈzes/

possess verb [T] (OWN)

C1 to have or own something, or to have a particular quality: I don't possess a single DVD (= I don't have even one DVD). In the past the root of this plant was thought to possess magical powers.
More examples

possess verb [T] (CONTROL)

(of a wish or an idea) to take control over a person's mind, making that person behave in a very strange way: [+ to infinitive] Whatever possessed him to wear that appalling jacket!
Translations of “possess”
in Arabic يَمْلُك…
in Korean 소유하다…
in Malaysian memiliki…
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 Vietnamese sở hữu, có…
in Spanish poseer, tener en su haber, tener…
in Portuguese possuir…
in Thai ครอบครอง…
in German besitzen…
in Catalan posseir, tenir…
in Japanese ~を所有する, 持つ…
in Indonesian memiliki…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拥有, 具有…
(Definition of possess from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of possess?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “possess” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More