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Possess v.t. 1. Hold as property, own; have (faculty, quality, etc.; they possess a special value for us). 2. Maintain (oneself, one’s mind, soul, in patience etc.). 3. (Of demon etc. Or cause of infatuation) occupy, dominate, (person etc.) (possessed by a devil, by or with an idea; like one possessed, with great energy; what possessed you?, how could you be so foolish?). OED, 1979