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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Possess  \Pos*sess"\  (?;  277),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Possessed}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Possessing}.]  [L.  possessus  p.  p.  of 
  possidere  to  have  possess,  from  an  inseparable  prep.  (cf. 
  {Position})  +  sedere  to  sit  See  {Sit}.] 
  1.  To  occupy  in  person;  to  hold  or  actually  have  in  one's  own 
  keeping;  to  have  and  to  hold 
  Houses  and  fields  and  vineyards  shall  be  possessed 
  again  in  this  land.  --Jer.  xxxii 
  Yet  beauty,  though  injurious,  hath  strange  power, 
  After  offense  returning,  to  regain  Love  once 
  possessed.  --Milton. 
  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. 
  4.  To  enter  into  and  influence;  to  control  the  will  of  to 
  fill;  to  affect;  --  said  especially  of  evil  spirits, 
  passions,  etc  ``Weakness  possesseth  me.''  --Shak. 
  Those  which  were  possessed  with  devils.  --Matt.  iv 
  For  ten  inspired,  ten  thousand  are  possessed. 
  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. 
  Record  a  gift  .  .  .  of  all  he  dies  possessed  Unto 
  his  son.  --Shak. 
  We  possessed  our  selves  of  the  kingdom  of  Naples. 
  To  possess  our  minds  with  an  habitual  good 
  intention.  --Addison. 
  Syn:  To  have  hold  occupy;  control;  own 
  Usage:  {Possess},  {Have}.  Have  is  the  more  general  word  To 
  possess  denotes  to  have  as  a  property.  It  usually 
  implies  more  permanence  or  definiteness  of  control  or 
  ownership  than  is  involved  in  having  A  man  does  not 
  possess  his  wife  and  children:  they  are  (so  to  speak) 
  part  of  himself.  For  the  same  reason,  we  have  the 
  faculties  of  reason,  understanding,  will  sound 
  judgment,  etc.:  they  are  exercises  of  the  mind,  not 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  have  as  an  attribute,  knowledge,  or  skill;  "he  possesses 
  great  knowledge  about  the  Middle  East" 
  2:  have  ownership  or  possession  of  "He  owns  three  houses  in 
  Florida";  "How  many  cars  does  she  have?"  [syn:  {own},  {have}] 
  3:  enter  into  and  control,  as  of  emotions  or  ideas;  "What 
  possessed  you  to  buy  this  house?"  "A  terrible  rage 
  possessed  her" 

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