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possess

v. to own, have title to, occupy, physically hold or have under exclusive control. In wills there is often the phrase "of which I die possessed," in describing the estate. (See: possession)

possess

verb acquire, adfirmatio, assume ownership, be in possession of, be in receipt of, be seized of, come into possession of, command, control, devolve upon, enjoy, enter into possession, gain, gain for oneself, get, get as one's own, habere, have, have a deed for, have a title to, have absolute disposal of, have as property, have at one's command, have at one's disposal, have for one's own, have in hand, have rights to, hold, keep, maintain, monopolize, obtain, occupy, own, receive, retain, secure, seize, take possession, tenere
Associated concepts: lawfully possess, seized or possessed
Foreign phrases: Aliud est possidere, aliud esse in possessione.It is one thing to possess; it is another to be in possession.
See also: appropriate, comprehend, impropriate, include, keep, obsess, obtain, occupy, own, remain, retain, shelter
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In one room Leo is watching cricket, in what claims to be the office one of Jilly's squad of local PAs takes calls about the book-promoting schedule, at the kitchen table her son and racecourse guide Felix discusses that day's runners with a friend and, when we sit down to talk, the elegant shape of her rescue greyhound Feather folds his long limbs possessively beside his mistress on the sofa.
Instead of possessively guarding his ideas out of competitive ambition like the young artists hustling around him, he became more and more interested in giving his ideas away, purposefully sharing information and spreading artistic possibilities as ways of exercising broad influence: what he called his Causal Art.
So I wouldn't blame business owners for clinging possessively to their intellectual property.
Who is that grandmotherly woman, for instance, standing possessively next to her library, next to a Vermeer print, a selection of books on subjects as bipolar as Banking Policy in India and Stalin ( there's also John Le Carre's The Honourable Schoolboy ), proudly wearing an enigmatic smile and an unfussy cotton sari?
Food is one of the most important things to a dog and some will guard it possessively as they think you might take it from them.
Wardrobe assistants possessively stood guard over row after row of wigs, costumes and props.
Political questioning disarms those who possessively hold on to temporal and ecclesiastical power.
Nipper said, 'It's mine,' though not very possessively.
The only man who'd yell possessively at a kid playing with his is a crazy one.
Deb Lucke gives a fresh perspective on taking a "time out" for what some people regard as bratty behavior - for instance, Napoleon Bonaparte's "timeout," or exile, for looking too possessively at other people's countries.
Helena for looking too possessively at other people's countries.
Provoking his silent consternation, six plump birds in mottled pink and blue--all facing outward--perch possessively around the rim of his crater head, a receptacle for bird droppings.