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noun possession pronunciation in British English /pəˈzeʃ(ə)n/ 
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singularpossession
pluralpossessions
  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

    The brothers were caught in possession of stolen property.

    She was arrested for possession of drugs.

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