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possess

pos·sess

possess

 
pronunciation:
p zes
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part of speech: verb
inflections: possessed, possesses, possessing
definition 1: to own or have.
I now possess a new bicycle.She possesses good writing skills.
synonyms:
have, own
antonyms:
lack
similar words:
grasp, hold, keep
definition 2: to have as a part of one's character.
That author possesses a great sense of humor.
synonyms:
have
antonyms:
lack
similar words:
embody, enjoy
definition 3: to control the actions of.
The desire to be class president possessed him.
similar words:
control, dominate, engross, rule
derivation: possessor (n.)
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