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"possess" in British English

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possessverb [T]

uk   us   /pəˈzes/
  • possess verb [T] (OWN)

C1 to have or own something, or to have a ​particularquality: I don't possess a ​singleDVD (= I don't have ​even one ​DVD). In the past the ​root of this ​plant was ​thought to possess ​magicalpowers.

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(Definition of possess from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"possess" in American English

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possessverb [T]

 us   /pəˈzes/
  • possess verb [T] (OWN)

to have or own something, or to have a ​particularquality: Those ​states are the ​countries that possess ​nuclearweapons. She possesses the ​unusualtalent 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 ​personbehave in a ​strange way: I don’t ​know what possessed me to ​startyelling like that.
possessor
noun [C usually sing]  us   /pəˈzes·ər/
I am now the ​proud possessor of a driver’s ​license!
(Definition of possess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"possess" in Business English

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possessverb [T]

uk   us   /pəˈzes/
to have or own something: More than five million German ​households possess ​exerciseequipment. These ​bonds possess many favorable ​investmentattributes.
to have a particular ​quality: possess knowledge/qualities/skills Sales ​managers must possess ​strongleadershipqualities.
(Definition of possess from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “possess”
in Korean 소유하다…
in Arabic يَمْلُك…
in Malaysian memiliki…
in French posséder…
in Russian обладать, владеть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擁有, 具有…
in Italian avere, possedere…
in Turkish sahip olmak, ...ın/in sahibi olmak…
in Polish posiadać…
in Spanish poseer, tener en su haber, tener…
in Vietnamese sở hữu, có…
in Portuguese possuir…
in Thai ครอบครอง…
in German besitzen…
in Catalan posseir, tenir…
in Japanese ~を所有する, 持つ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拥有, 具有…
in Indonesian memiliki…
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