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noun possession pronunciation in American English /pəˈzeʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] something that you own
    Their family home and possessions were destroyed in the fire.
    all your worldly possessions (=everything that you own)
    a prized/treasured possession (=one that is very important to you): Her most prized possession is a locket that she wears constantly.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal a situation in which you have or own something
    possession of: The seller is entitled to retain possession of the goods until they are paid for.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the crime of owning something illegal, for example drugs or weapons
    She was arrested for possession of narcotics.
    The brothers were caught in possession of stolen property.
  4. 4
    [countable] [usually plural] a countrys possessions are other countries that it governs
    France and her overseas possessions



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