Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or fact of possessing.
  • n. The state of being possessed.
  • n. Something owned or possessed.
  • n. Wealth or property.
  • n. Law Actual holding or occupancy with or without rightful ownership.
  • n. A territory subject to foreign control.
  • n. Self-control.
  • n. The state of being dominated by or as if by evil spirits or by an obsession.
  • n. Sports Physical control of the ball or puck by a player or team.
  • n. Sports The condition of being on offense: The home team was in possession during most of the fourth quarter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that someone possesses, but to which he does not necessarily have private property rights.
  • n. Something that is owned.
  • n. Ownership; taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
  • n. A territory under the rule of another country.
  • n. The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
  • n. Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
  • n. A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
  • v. To invest with property.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own.
  • n. The having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command; actual seizin or occupancy; ownership, whether rightful or wrongful.
  • n. The thing possessed; that which any one occupies, owns, or controls; in the plural, property in the aggregate; wealth; dominion.
  • n. The state of being possessed or controlled, as by an evil spirit, or violent passions; madness; frenzy.
  • transitive v. To invest with property.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To invest with property.
  • n. The act of possessing, or the state of being possessed; the having, holding, or detaining of property in one's power or control; the state of owning or controlling; actual seizing or occupancy, either rightful or wrongful. One man may have the possession of a thing, and another may have the right of property in it.
  • n. In law, the physical control which belongs of right to unqualified ownership; the having a thing in such manner as to exclude the control of other persons; that detention of or dominion over a thing by one person which precludes others from the adverse physical occupancy of or dominion over it.
  • n. The thing possessed; in the plural, goods, land, or rights owned; belongings: as, your friendship is one of my richest possessions; the French possessions.
  • n. Hence Property; wealth.
  • n. In international law, a country or territory held by right of conquest.
  • n. Persuasion; conviction.
  • n. The state of being under the control of evil spirits or of madness; madness; lunacy: as, demoniacal possession.
  • n. In the terminology of psychical research, a change of mental disposition, occurring in the state of trance, so marked as to suggest the substitution of a novel personality for the known personality of the subject.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
  • n. being controlled by passion or the supernatural
  • n. a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
  • n. anything owned or possessed
  • n. the act of having and controlling property
  • n. a mania restricted to one thing or idea
  • n. (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck)

Etymologies

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From Latin possessiō, possessiōnis.

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