take possession (of) - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    to start to own something

    The town of Winterset took possession of the castle in 1947.

  2. 2
    literary if something takes possession of you, it starts to control you or have a strong effect on you
  3. 3
    to start to have or control the ball in a sport such as football

    Late in the second half, Italy took possession and scored.

See also main entry: possession