Possess

Definition of Possess

Pos`sess´
v. t.1.To occupy in person; to hold or actually have in one's own keeping; to have and to hold.
[imp. & p. p. Possessed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Possessing.]
Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
- Jer. xxxii. 15.
2.To have the legal title to; to have a just right to; to be master of; to own; to have; as, to possess property, an estate, a book.
I am yours, and all that I possess.
- Shak.
3.To obtain occupation or possession of; to accomplish; to gain; to seize.
How . . . to possess the purpose they desired.
- Spenser.
4.To enter into and influence; to control the will of; to fill; to affect; - said especially of evil spirits, passions, etc.
Those which were possessed with devils.
- Matt. iv. 24.
For ten inspired, ten thousand are possessed.
- Roscommon.
5.To put in possession; to make the owner or holder of property, power, knowledge, etc.; to acquaint; to inform; - followed by of or with before the thing possessed, and now commonly used reflexively.
I have possessed your grace of what I purpose.
- Shak.
Record a gift . . . of all he dies possessed
Unto his son.
- Shak.
We possessed our selves of the kingdom of Naples.
- Addison.
To possess our minds with an habitual good intention.
- Addison.

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