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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 for "possess":

    possession, have, own, hold, possessed, possessing

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How to use possess in a sentence?

  1. Stendhal:

    The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse -- as a luxury befitting a young man.

  2. D. H. Lawrence:

    One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.

  3. Stephen Vizinczey:

    The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.

  4. Dag Hammarskjld:

    Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible - not to have run away.

  5. Anwar el Sadat:

    Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.

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