Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb possess

3 senses of possess

Sense 1
possess -- (have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill; "he possesses great knowledge about the Middle East")
       => have, feature -- (have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France")

Sense 2
own, have, possess -- (have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?")

Sense 3
possess -- (enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas; "What possessed you to buy this house?"; "A terrible rage possessed her")
       => dominate -- (be in control; "Her husband completely dominates her")

Antonyms of adj possessed

2 senses of possessed

Sense 1
obsessed, possessed (predicate) -- (influenced or controlled by a powerful force such as a strong emotion; "by love possessed")

INDIRECT (VIA controlled) -> uncontrolled -- (not being under control; out of control; "the greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS"; "uncontrolled growth")

Sense 2
amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed (predicate) -- (frenzied as if possessed by a demon; "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows")

INDIRECT (VIA insane) -> sane -- (mentally healthy; free from mental disorder; "appears to be completely sane")

Similarity of adj possessed

2 senses of possessed

Sense 1
obsessed, possessed (predicate) -- (influenced or controlled by a powerful force such as a strong emotion; "by love possessed")
       => controlled (vs. uncontrolled) -- (restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds; "controlled emotions"; "the controlled release of water from reservoirs")

Sense 2
amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed (predicate) -- (frenzied as if possessed by a demon; "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows")
       => insane (vs. sane) -- (afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter")

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