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Synonyms for possess
pəˈzɛs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. possess(verb)

    have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

    "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"

    Synonyms:
    own, have

  2. own, have, possess(verb)

    have ownership or possession of

    "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"

    Synonyms:
    get, have, feature, deliver, suffer, accept, ingest, cause, experience, hold, let, sustain, give birth, take in, give, birth, receive, consume, own, take, throw, bear, have got, induce, make, stimulate

  3. possess(verb)

    enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

    "What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her"

    Synonyms:
    own, have

Wiktionary

  1. possess(verb)

    Synonyms:
    seise

  2. possess(verb)

    Synonyms:
    inhold

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. possess

    Have is the most general word, and is applied to whatever belongs to or is connected with one; a man has a head or a head-ache, a fortune or an opinion, a friend or an enemy; he has time, or has need; he may be said to have what is his own, what he has borrowed, what has been entrusted to him, or what he has stolen. To possess a thing is to have the ownership with control and enjoyment of it. To hold is to have in one's hand, or securely in one's control; a man holds his friend's coat for a moment, or he holds a struggling horse; he holds a promissory note, or holds an office. To own is to have the right of property in; to possess is to have that right in actual exercise; to occupy is to have possession and use, with some degree of permanency, with or without ownership. A man occupies his own house or a room in a hotel; a man may own a farm of which he is not in possession because a tenant occupies it and is determined to hold it; the proprietor owns the property, but the tenant is in possession. To be in possession differs from possess in that to possess denotes both right and fact, while to be in possession denotes simply the fact with no affirmation as to the right. To have reason is to be endowed with the faculty; to be in possession of one's reason denotes that the faculty is in actual present exercise.

    Synonyms:
    be in possession of, be possessed of, have, hold, occupy, own

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. possess

    Synonyms:
    occupy, enjoy, have, hold, entertain, own

    Antonyms:
    abandon, renounce, abjure, surrender, lose, forfeit, resign

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. possess(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    own, have a title to, be seized of

  2. possess(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    have, hold, occupy, control

  3. possess(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    put in possession

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. possess(v)

    Synonyms:
    own, have, hold, occupy, seize, take, appropriate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    possession, have, own, hold, possessed, possessing

How to pronounce possess?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say possess in sign language?

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How to use possess in a sentence?

  1. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

    If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.

  2. RVM:

    Most people lose the only thing they possess—Life—while acquiring the many things that will finally never be theirs.

  3. Jeffrey R. Snyder:

    If you believe it reprehensible to possess the means and will to use lethal force to repel criminal assault, how can you call upon another to do so for you?

  4. Barack Obama:

    We haven't even gotten to that point yet, because there has been no indication on the part of the North Koreans as there was with the Iranians that they could foresee a future in which they did not possess or were not pursuing nuclear weapons.

  5. Steve Maraboli:

    The innate power you possess to achieve your dreams is immeasurable."


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