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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

How to pronounce possess?

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Alex
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Daniel
Daniel
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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. Brian Stapleton:

    I hope that they clarify that the right to posses a firearm outside the home is as important and fundamental as the right to possess one inside the home.

  2. C. C. Colton:

    There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentaneous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves.

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    The present is the only thing of which a man can be deprived, if it is true that this is the only thing which he has, and that a man cannot lose something he does not already possess.

  4. Heinrich Heine:

    Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.

  5. Janet Jackson:

    Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.


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