To have as a quality, characteristic, or other attribute: possessed great tact. (verb-transitive)
To acquire mastery of or have knowledge of: possess valuable data. (verb-transitive)
To gain or exert influence or control over; dominate: Fury possessed me. (verb-transitive)
To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition: I possessed my temper despite the insult. (verb-transitive)
To cause to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge: She possessed herself of the unclaimed goods. (verb-transitive)
To cause to be influenced or controlled, as by an idea or emotion: The thought of getting rich possessed him. (verb-transitive)
Obsolete To gain or seize. (verb-transitive)
Examples of word possessed
My abode is humble: in the midst of an orchard, which my father planted: but I possess a few books, some of them curious, and should like to _read_ double the number I _possess_. "
The unusual quality they possess is that they are fluoresce in UV light or a common black light and will literally glow in the black light.
The history of Tamil invasions against the only homeland that the Buddhist Sinhalese possess is not just the stuff of ancient history, but a living reality underpinned by latter-day Tamil terrorism.
The expertise they possess is a matter of knowledge, which is distinct from rationality.
Such identity as they do possess is invariably generated by the role they play in cloaking abstractions; and these, which tend to vary according to whichever fragment of papyrus or pyramid text is being quoted, rarely make for gripping narrative.