Definition of 'possess'
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He possessed an egalitarian ability to get on with people from all walks of life, especially if their background happened to involve horses. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Of course, perfectly balanced bats are hard to secure, and a batsman who possesses one regards it as a treasure. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There are a few extremely creative people and a roughly equal number possessing little or no creativity. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What they did possess was an ability to talk about their feelings. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Syria is suspected of possessing one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But that will come back with the quality we possess. The Sun (2009)They welcome challenges that are well matched to the skills and knowledge they possess. Advanced Educational Psychology For Educators, Researchers and Policymakers, (1995)Let the women prove that they possess the ability and deserve the same pay as the men. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is not therefore possessed by any one person. Rural Land-Use Planning in Developed Nations (1989)They possess no special knowledge lacked by the rest of us. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They have some choice in the use of what power and knowledge they possess. Politics, Planning and the State (1990)No botanist has possessed half their knowledge of plants. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Pictures of the night show his eyeballs expanded to the point that he looks little short of possessed. THE LAST PARTY: Britpop, Blair and the demise of English rock (2003)The ability to adapt requires employees who possess skills and abilities that go beyond those needed in their current jobs. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)Is it not somewhat difficult now we no longer possess Harrier jump jets or aircraft carriers? The Sun (2011)At times, he possessed little of the milk of human kindness. Christianity Today (2000)He admitted 11 counts of making indecent photographs and one of possessing indecent images. The Sun (2011)He became for a while an object of national sympathy, through being possessed of no little dignity. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I wonder if there was some other mysterious quality she possessed which makes her so compelling? Times, Sunday Times (2009)Stem cells are the body's building blocks and possess a unique ability to repair damaged tissue and bone. The Sun (2010)Regime ground forces that were in the vicinity of Benghazi now possess little will or capability to resume offensive operations. The Sun (2011)We do possess real quality. The Sun (2013)Perhaps politicians should pay closer attention to animals, some of whom seem to possess an uncanny ability to sense impending freezing weather. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Korea had long possessed another convention of poetry, one expressed in poetic modes using Chinese. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It seems we no longer possess the imagination to compete, nickname for nickname, on the world stage. The Sun (2007)In fact, it is the rediscovery of something we have known and possessed for a long time, but have unintentionally lost. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'possess'
British English: possess /pəˈzɛs/ VERB
If you possess something, you have it or own it.
He is said to possess a fortune.
- American English: possess
- Arabic: يـَمْتَلِك
- Brazilian Portuguese: possuir
- Chinese: 占有
- Croatian: posjedovati
- Czech: vlastnit
- Danish: besidde
- Dutch: bezitten
- European Spanish: poseer dominar
- Finnish: omistaa
- French: posséder
- German: besitzen
- Greek: κατέχω
- Italian: possedere
- Japanese: 所有する
- Korean: 소유하다
- Norwegian: være i besittelse av
- Polish: posiąść
- European Portuguese: possuir
- Romanian: a deține
- Russian: обладать
- Spanish: poseer
- Swedish: besitta
- Thai: เป็นเจ้าของ
- Turkish: sahip olmak
- Ukrainian: володіти
- Vietnamese: sở hữu
Definition of possess from the Collins English Dictionary
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