1. If someone is described as being possessed by an evil spirit, it is believed that their mind and body are controlled by an evil spirit. She even claimed the couple's daughter was possessed by the devil see also possess
influenced or controlled by a powerful force such as a strong emotion; "by love possessed"
have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill; "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East" enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas; "What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her
If you possess something, you have it or own it. He was then arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon He is said to possess a fortune of more than two-and-a-half-thousand million dollars
feelings If you ask what possessed someone to do something, you are emphasizing your great surprise that they have done something which you consider foolish or dangerous. What on earth had possessed her to agree to marry him?
in full control of your faculties; "the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination"; "perfectly poised and sure of himself"; "more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"; "strong and self-possessed in the face of trouble"
Someone who is self-possessed is calm and confident and in control of their emotions. She is clearly the most articulate and self-possessed member of her family. = self-assured. calm, confident, and in control of your feelings, even in difficult or unexpected situations - used to show approval
[ p&-'zes also -'ses ] (transitive verb.) 14th century. Middle English, from Middle French possesser to have possession of, take possession of, from Latin possessus, past participle of possidEre, from potis able, having the power + sedEre to sit; more at POTENT, SIT.
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