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English definition of “possessed”

possessed

adjective uk   /pəˈzest/ us  

possessed adjective (OWNING)

be possessed of sth formal to own something or have something as a quality: He was possessed of a large fortune, but sadly no brains to speak of.Having and owning - general words

possessed adjective (CONTROL)

[after verb] Someone who is possessed is thought to be controlled by an evil spirit.Souls, spirits and ghosts
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