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Definition 1: anything owned or possessed - [noun denoting tops]

(possession is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

(... is a kind of possession ) something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

"that hat is my property" "he is a man of property"

(... is a kind of possession ) a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive

(... is a kind of possession ) a possession whose ownership changes or lapses

(... is a kind of possession ) a person's financial situation (good or bad)

"he found himself in straitened circumstances"

(... is a kind of possession ) anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

(... is a kind of possession ) any possession that is highly valued by its owner

"the children returned from the seashore with their shells and other treasures"

(... is a kind of possession ) anything that is owed to someone else

Definition 2: the act of having and controlling property - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for possession in the sense of this definition

(possession is a kind of ...) the activity of managing or exerting control over something

"the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

(... is a kind of possession ) (law) immediate and direct physical control over property

(... is a kind of possession ) (law) having the power and intention to have and control property but without direct control or actual presence upon it

(... is a kind of possession ) (law) possession for which criminal sanctions are provided because the property may not lawfully be possessed or may not be possessed under certain circumstances

(... is a kind of possession ) the act of retaining something

Definition 3: (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where possession or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they took possession of the ball on their own goal line

(possession is a kind of ...) the activity of managing or exerting control over something

"the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

(possession belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 4: the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for possession in the sense of this definition

(possession is a kind of ...) the trait of being resolute

"his resoluteness carried him through the battle" "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

(... is a kind of possession ) control of your emotions

"this kind of tension is not good for my nerves"

(... is a kind of possession ) self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency

Definition 5: a territory that is controlled by a ruling state - [noun denoting location]

(possession is a kind of ...) a region marked off for administrative or other purposes

(... is an instance of possession) a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999

(... is an instance of possession) more than 40 northeastern Virgin Islands (15 inhabited); a dependent territory of the United Kingdom

(... is an instance of possession) more than 130 southeastern Virgin Islands; a dependent territory of the United States

(... is an instance of possession) a former British possession in Micronesia

(... is an instance of possession) a self-governing colony that is a possession of Denmark in the Faroe Islands

(... is an instance of possession) a French overseas possession in the South Pacific

Definition 6: a mania restricted to one thing or idea - [noun denoting motive]

Synonyms for possession in the sense of this definition

(possession is a kind of ...) an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

Definition 7: being controlled by passion or the supernatural - [noun denoting state]

(possession is a kind of ...) a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

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