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possess is a synonym of own

verb [ puh-zes ]

possess is another word for own

✅  Own is the best verb when you have the rights to something and are in control of it (They own a restaurant). However, someone else can rent or borrow something that you own.

✅  Possess also refers to control of something, and especially with regard to real estate, suggests that you own a large amount of it (Lord Richard possessed huge tracts of land).

✅  Possess is more formal than own, and emphasizes that you have complete control. It can also be used to refer to control of intangible things (He possesses a lot of power), or being controlled by supernatural forces (A ghost possessed the doll).

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faculty is a synonym of ability

noun [ fak-uhl-tee ]

faculty is another word for ability

✅  Ability and faculty both refer to having the power to do something well. Ability can refer to power that is either innate or learned (She had outstanding athletic ability).

✅  Faculty suggests that the power is innate, and generally applies to a particular action or skill, rather than an entire skillset (He had a faculty for making people comfortable).

✅  The plural form, faculties, refers to the innate, natural capabilities that humans typically have, like being able to remember things and think clearly. This is often used with the word mental (While her musical ability was intact, her mental faculties were declining).

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appear is a synonym of seem

verb [ uh-peer ]

appear is another word for seem

✅  Seem and appear can be used synonymously to refer to an outward aspect that may or may not be true.

✅  Seem is the perfect word to use when the aspect is more likely, or realistic (It seems warm), but also when it requires more evidence to be sure (He seemed nice, but I don’t know him well).

✅  Appear is the perfect word to use when you want to suggest that the aspect is actually false, or an illusion (The room appeared empty because everyone was seated so far apart).

✅  In sum, if something seems to be true, it’s more likely to be true than if it just appears to be true.

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