possession - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “possession”

See all translations

possession

noun uk   us   /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.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.
More examples
(Definition of possession from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of possession?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “possession”

Definitions of “possession” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

Morse code

a system used for sending messages, in which letters and numbers are represented by short and long marks, sounds, or flashes of light

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, which is what is infused into our e-juice, is 100 per cent legal.

Read More