Possession vs Having - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between possession and having
is that possession
is something that someone possesses, but to which he does not necessarily have private property rights while having
is something owned; possession; goods; estate.
As verbs the difference between possession and having
is that possession
is (obsolete) to invest with property while having
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 owned; possession; goods; estate.
* 1875 , Tennyson, Queen Mary
- I'll lend you something; my having is not much.
- Your havings wasted by the scythe and spade,
- Your rights and charters hobnail' d into slush