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Meaning of “possession” in the English Dictionary

"possession" in British English

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possessionnoun

uk   us   /pəˈzeʃ.ən/
C2 [U] the ​fact that you have or own something: The possession of ​largeamounts of ​money does not ​ensurehappiness.formal I have in my possession a ​letter which may be of ​interest to you.formal He was ​found in possession ofexplosives.B2 [C usually plural] something that you own or that you are ​carrying with you at a ​particulartime: Please ​remember to take all ​your personal possessions with you when you ​leave the ​aircraft. [C usually plural] a ​country that is ​ruled by another ​country: a ​formeroverseas possession [U] in ​games such as ​football and rugby, the ​time when a ​team has ​control of the ​ball: Wolves had a lot of possession but ​failed to ​score. We need to ​keep possession of the ​ball to give ourselves a ​chance.get/take possession of sth specialized to ​start to use and ​control a ​building or ​piece of ​land that you may or may not own: We've already ​bought the ​house but we won't take possession of it until May.

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

"possession" in American English

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possessionnoun [C/U]

 us   /pəˈzeʃ·ən/
something that you own, or the ​condition of ​owning something: [U] She couldn’t take possession of the ​house until the ​currentoccupants moved out. [C] Meanwhile, all her possessions were in ​storage.in possession of fml If you are in possession of something you have it with you: He was in possession of two ​tickets to the ​concert.
(Definition of possession from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"possession" in Business English

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possessionnoun

uk   us   /pəˈzeʃən/
[U] the ​situation in which someone has or ​owns something: in sb's possession No ​steps may be taken to ​repossessgoods in the company's possession except with the ​leave of the ​court.have possession of sth The Court of Appeal ​admitted that Ms Mountford did have exclusive possession of the ​property.in possession of sth The ​ruling did not ​establish that he was in possession of the ​disputedland.
[C, usually plural] something that someone ​owns or has with them at a particular ​time: The ​value of his possessions came to about $1 million. material/​personal possessions
get/take possession of sth to ​start to use and ​controlgoods, a ​building, or a ​piece of ​land, whether you own them or not: Was the ​bankentitled to take possession of his ​property and ​exercise its ​power of ​sale without an ​order of the ​court? The ​courtappointed a ​receiver to take possession of the ​assets of the ​company. [U] LAW the ​crime of having ​illegaldrugs or ​illegallyowning a gun: He is wanted by ​police on ​charges of possession of ​illegal firearms.
(Definition of possession from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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