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possessing

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Synonyms for possessing

  • acquire
  • carry
  • enjoy
  • maintain
  • occupy
  • own
  • retain
  • seize
  • bear
  • control
  • corner
  • dominate
  • grab
  • hog
  • hold
  • be blessed with
  • be born with
  • be endowed with
  • corner the market
  • get hands on
  • get hold of
  • have to name
  • latch on to
  • lock up
  • sit on
  • take over
  • take possession
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Antonyms for possessing

  • fail
  • free
  • lack
  • let go
  • lose
  • need
  • release
  • surrender
  • yield
  • abandon
  • forsake
  • dispossess
  • miss
  • not have
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POSSESSING

Rosenfeld eyed him suspiciously, but, possessing a sense of humor also, he grinned.

The only advantage with which he accredited the city was that of possessing newspapers.

Thanks to numbers they had ended by invading every sphere and possessing everything.

And this, as possessing measure, must undeniably also be an art and science?

There is, however, an interest in possessing one writing of Plato which is in the process of creation.

He could not live without the hope of gaining and possessing her.

And, in a moment, they set about the work of possessing these things.

She has the decisive advantage of possessing organization and organizers.

"I'm afraid I cannot boast of possessing all your philosophy," said he, touchily.

At the very moment of possessing you some miracle will wrest you from my arms.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR POSSESSING

occupying

adjectivefilling a place

retaining

adjectivemaintaining
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