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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.
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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…
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