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Synonyms for possess
pəˈzɛspos·sess

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Wiktionary

  1. possessverb

    Synonyms:
    seise

  2. possessverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. possessverb

    have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

    "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East"

    Synonyms:
    own, have

  2. own, have, possessverb

    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. possessverb

    enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas

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

    Synonyms:
    own, have

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. possessverb

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

  2. possessverb

    Synonyms:
    have, hold, occupy, control

  3. possessverb

    Synonyms:
    put in possession

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. possessverb

    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. Henry Van Dyke:

    Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

  2. Lao Tzu:

    To have little is to possess. To have plenty is to be perplexed.

  3. Nobuo Kishi:

    The world has become even more uncertain, japan is surrounded by actors that possess, or are developing, nuclear weapons, and that openly ignore rules.

  4. Young:

    If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world.

  5. John Cornyn:

    Of course it has something to do with guns, but it mainly has something to do with who's pulling the trigger and people with mental health and mental health crises, people who can't legally purchase firearms and possess them because they're felons or otherwise have a disqualifying record -- there's a lot of things we need to keep looking at.


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