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English definition of “possess”

possess

verb [T] uk   /pəˈzes/ us  

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.

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!
(Definition of possess from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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