• IPA: /pəˈzɛst/
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of possess


  1. control#Verb|controlled by evil spirits.
    He was exorcised because he was thought to be possessed by the Devil.
  2. Seized by powerful emotions.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe:
      Oh, what ridiculous resolutions men take when possessed with fear!
  3. (construed with of, not comparable) Having; owning.
    The president was possessed of great wealth.
    • 1854, Dickens, Hard Times:
      'Girl number twenty unable to define a horse!' said Mr Gradgrind, for the general behoof of all the little pitchers. 'Girl number twenty possessed of no facts, in reference to one of the commonest of animals!'

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