WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pos•sessed /pəˈzɛst/USA pronunciation   adj. [ be + ~]
  1. made to move by a strong feeling, by madness, or by a supernatural power:She looked like a woman possessed.
  2. self-possessed;
    calm;
    poised.
Idioms
  1. Idiomspossessed of, [be + ~] having;
    possessing:He is possessed of intelligence and ambition.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pos•sessed  (pə zest),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. spurred or moved by a strong feeling, madness, or a supernatural power (often fol. by by, of, or with):The army fought as if possessed. The village believed her to be possessed of the devil.
  2. self-possessed; poised.
  3. possessed of, having;
    possessing:He is possessed of intelligence and ambition.
pos•sess•ed•ly  (pə zesid lē, -zestlē),USA pronunciation adv.  pos•sessed•ness, n. 
  • possess + -ed2 1525–35

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
Possessed, The, 
  • Literaturea novel (1871) by Dostoevsky.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    possessed /pəˈzɛst/ adj
    1. (followed by of) owning or having
    2. (usually postpositive) under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit or strong emotion
    3. a less common word for self-possessed



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