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possession

noun     /pəˈzeʃ.ən/
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.Having and owning - general words 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.Belongings and possessions [C usually plural] a country that is ruled by another country: a former overseas possessionColonisation and self-government [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.Having and owning - general words Grammar:Apostrophe + s to show possessionWhen we show who owns something or has a close relationship with something, we use an apostrophe + s after the name or the noun. When the noun is plural, we put the apostrophe after the s:See moreGrammar:Possessive ’sWe use apostrophe s (’s), also called possessive ’s, as a determiner to show that something belongs to someone or something:See moreGrammar:Possessives with ofSee moreGrammar:’s or of or either?There are some general rules about when to use ’s and when to use of but there are many cases where both are possible:See moreGrammar:Possession: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of possession noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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