possess - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlepossessing
past tensepossessed
past participlepossessed
  1. 1
    formal to own a physical object

    They were all found guilty of illegally possessing firearms.

    1. a.
    2. b.
      to have knowledge about something

      They do not possess the necessary technical knowledge.

  2. 2
    [often passive] literary if you are possessed by an emotion, you feel that emotion very strongly