- pos|ses|sion [ pə`zeʃn ] noun **▸ 1 something you own▸ 2 having/owning something▸ 3 having something illegal▸ 4 country governed▸ 5 when spirit controls someone▸ + PHRASES1. ) count usually plural something that you own:Their family home and possessions were destroyed in the fire.all your worldly possessions (=everything that you own)a prized/treasured possession (=one that is very important to you): Her most prized possession is a locket that she wears constantly.2. ) uncount FORMAL a situation in which you have or own something:possession of: The seller is entitled to retain possession of the goods until they are paid for.3. ) uncount the crime of owning something illegal, for example drugs or weapons:She was arrested for possession of narcotics.The brothers were caught in possession of stolen property.4. ) count usually plural a country's possessions are other countries that it governs:France and her overseas possessions5. ) uncount a situation in which someone is controlled by an evil spiritbe in possession of something FORMALto have something:I am in possession of some information that I think will interest you.in full possession of your faculties/sensesacting in a reasonable and sensible way:I don't think anyone in full possession of their senses would have acted that way.in someone's possession FORMAL or have something in your possessionif something is in someone's possession, they have it:Since his wallet was found in your possession, they'll assume you stole it.I did not have a copy of the document in my possession.Unfortunately, we no longer have those records in our possession.take possession (of)1. ) to start to own something:The town of Winterset took possession of the castle in 1947.2. ) LITERARY if something takes possession of you, it starts to control you or have a strong effect on you:Fear had taken possession of his soul.3. ) to start to have or control the ball in a sport such as football:The Titans will take possession on the 35 yard line.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.