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Synonyms for possess
pəˈzɛspos·sess

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Wiktionary4.0 / 1 vote

  1. possessverb

    Synonyms:
    seise

  2. possessverb

    Synonyms:
    inhold

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.8 / 5 votes

  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 Antonyms2.0 / 1 vote

  1. possess

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

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

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 2 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words2.0 / 1 vote

  1. possessverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "possess":

    possession, have, own, hold, possessed, possessing

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How to use possess in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Socrates, Phaedrus, sct. 275:

    You are providing for your disciples a show of wisdom without the reality. For, acquiring by your means much information unaided by instruction, they will appear to possess much knowledge, while, in fact, they will, for the most part, know nothing at all; and, moreover, be disagreeable people to deal with, as having become wise in their own conceit, instead of truly wise.

  3. 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.

  4. Bryant McGill:

    If you cannot be open minded, then you do not possess your ideas, your ideas possess you.

  5. Yvonne Padmos:

    Amidst the confusion and chaos of this world, I often question why I should remain on this planet. Yet, deep within, I possess a compass gifted by a higher force. Though unconventional and old-fashioned, it points me away from the relentless loop of society, guiding me towards a path that resonates with truth and purpose.


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