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possession

noun uk   /pəˈzeʃ.ən/ us  
C2 [U] the fact that you have or own something: The possession of large amounts of money does not ensure happiness.formal I have in my possession a letter which may be of interest to you.formal He was found in possession of explosives. B2 [C usually plural] something that you own or that you are carrying with you at a particular time: 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 former overseas 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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