Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


All these are manifestly characteristics of Hamlet, and Posthumus possesses no others.

It is only when one has lost all things, that one knows that one possesses it.

He too possesses those weapons, but he cannot use them with so great effect.

Moreover, can you call a nation poor, when it possesses Lombardy?

The United States of Colombia possesses less than 250 miles of road.

But he is high-minded, and possesses much intelligence and cultivation.

When I say that the nation possesses it, I mean that London possesses it.

It possesses a high degree of durability if properly constructed.

I have not told you, cousin, of a very singular gift which he possesses.

Has he not told you himself that every gift he possesses is but an emanation of his selfishness?


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.