Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “possessive”

possessive

adjective uk   /pəˈzes.ɪv/ us  

possessive adjective (PERSON)

If you are possessive about something that you own, you do not like lending it to other people or sharing it with other people: He's a bit possessive about his iPod - I wouldn't dare ask to borrow it. C2 Someone who is possessive in his or her feelings and behaviour towards or about another person wants to have all of that person's love and attention and will not share it with anyone else: a possessive mother Her boyfriend was getting too possessive so she finished with him.

possessive adjective (GRAMMAR)

B1 language In grammar, a possessive word, form, etc. shows who or what something belongs to: 'Mine' and 'yours' are possessive pronouns.
(Definition of possessive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of possessive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “possessive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More