Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
Something that is owned.
- The car quickly became his most prized possession .
Ownership]]; [[take, taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
- I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that.
- The car is in my possession .
A territory under the rule of another country.
- I'm in possession of the car.
The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
- Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions .
- Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession .
(sports) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
- How long hath this possession held the man?
- The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession .
, date=December 29
, author=Chris Whyatt
, title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton
, passage=Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession
once the ball left their bewildered defence.}}
(linguistics) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
- Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession''' — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable '''possession — my foot will always be mine.
* One who possesses is often said to have possession (of)'', ''hold possession (of)'', or ''be in possession (of) .
* One who acquires is often said to take possession (of)'', ''gain possession (of)'', or ''come into possession (of) .
* ight (obsolete)
* owndom, retention
* See also
Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.
* 2009 , The Economist,
Law and order in Italy: Trouble with figures
A determination of law made by a court.
A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
* 1596 , , V. i. 3:
- Italy's right-wing prime minister was about to cure his biggest headache by selling the state's holding in a troubled airline, Alitalia.
(obsolete) That which holds, binds, or influences.
- Take again / From this my hand, as holding of the Pope / Your sovereign greatness and authority.
(obsolete) Logic; consistency.
* 1598 , , IV. ii. 27:
(obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song.
* 1598 , , II. vii. 109:
- This has no holding , / To swear by him whom I protest to love / That I will work against him.
- Make battery to our ears with the loud music; / The while I'll place you; then the boy shall sing. / The holding every man shall beat as loud / As his strong sides can volley.
* (determination) finding
, title=(The Celebrity
, passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding
her skirt above the grimy steps,
* holding the ball
* holding the cards
* holding the man