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Meaning of “possessive” in the English Dictionary

"possessive" in British English

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possessiveadjective

uk   us   /pəˈzes.ɪv/
  • 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 ​pretty possessive about his ​iPod - I wouldn't ​dareask to ​borrow it.C2 Someone who is possessive in his or her ​feelings and ​behaviour towards or about another ​personwants 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"possessive" in American English

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possessiveadjective

 us   /pəˈzes·ɪv/
grammar [not gradable] having or ​relating to the ​case (= ​form) of a word used to show who or what something ​belongs to
  • possessive adjective (OWN)

If you are possessive about something that you own, you do not like ​sharing it: He’s very possessive about his ​car. Someone who is possessive in ​feelings and ​behavior toward another ​personwants all of that person’s ​love and ​attention:
(Definition of possessive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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