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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POSSESS

The misfortune was that this was the only thing they cared to possess.

In painting, we believe we possess a school second to none of modern art.

If our whole horizon of truth were not broadened, we could not possess this command.

There are some papers and some money I must possess myself of.

It is tragic how few people ever ‘possess their souls’ before they die.

For all that, I know very well what a treasure I possess in Andrew the carpenter.

Faith is the soul's eyesight; and when we possess it the world is never dark nor lonely.

I daresay your wife'll have a child just about the time you've spent every ha'penny you possess.

I possess his secret; I could give him up to the king's wrath; I could bring him to the death.

Love wants to possess the beloved object—and to make her happy.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to hold, occupy, reside in" (without regard to ownership), a back formation from possession and in part from Old French possesser "to have and hold, take, be in possession of" (mid-13c.), from Latin possess-, past participle stem of possidere "to have and hold, possess, be master of, own," from posse "to be able," from potis "able, powerful" (see potent) + esse "to be" (see be). Meaning "to hold as property" is recorded from c.1500. Demonic sense is recorded from 1530s (implied in possessed). Related: Possessed; possessing.

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