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Definition of Possess

Possess

  1. To occupy in person; to hold or actually have in one's own keeping; to have and to hold.
  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.
  3. To obtain occupation or possession of; to accomplish; to gain; to seize.
  4. To enter into and influence; to control the will of; to fill; to affect; -- said especially of evil spirits, passions, etc.
  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.

Possess Quotations

Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsiblity to be equal members of society.
Janet Jackson

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Thomas Jefferson

In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
Salvador Dali

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Arthur Schopenhauer
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Possess Translations

possess in Afrikaans is besit
possess in Danish is eje, besidde
possess in Dutch is bezitten, erop nahouden, rijk zijn
possess in Finnish is omistaa
possess in German is besitzen
possess in Italian is possedere
possess in Latin is obtineo, utor uti usus, teneo
possess in Portuguese is possua, possuir
possess in Spanish is poseer
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