Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.Jer. xxxii. 15.
Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power,Milton.
I am yours, and all that I possess.Shak.
How . . . to possess the purpose they desired.Spenser.
Those which were possessed with devils.Matt. iv. 24.
For ten inspired, ten thousand are possessed.Roscommon.
I have possessed your grace of what I purpose.Shak.
Record a gift . . . of all he dies possessedShak.
We possessed our selves of the kingdom of Naples.Addison.
To possess our minds with an habitual good intention.Addison.
Syn. To have; hold; occupy; control; own. 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 possessions.
Possession may be either actual or constructive; actual, when a party has the immediate occupancy; constructive, when he has only the right to such occupancy.
When the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.Matt.
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