To take possession

Possession Pos*ses"sion, n. [F. possession, L. possessio.] 1. The act or state of possessing, or holding as one's own. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) The having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command; actual seizin or occupancy; ownership, whether rightful or wrongful. [1913 Webster]

Note: Possession may be either actual or constructive; actual, when a party has the immediate occupancy; constructive, when he has only the right to such occupancy. [1913 Webster]

3. The thing possessed; that which any one occupies, owns, or controls; in the plural, property in the aggregate; wealth; dominion; as, foreign possessions. [1913 Webster]

When the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. --Matt. xix. 22. [1913 Webster]

Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. --Acts v. 1. [1913 Webster]

The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. --Ob. 17. [1913 Webster]

4. The state of being possessed or controlled, as by an evil spirit, or violent passions; madness; frenzy; as, demoniacal possession. [1913 Webster]

How long hath this possession held the man? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To give possession}, to put in another's power or occupancy.

{To put in possession}. (a) To invest with ownership or occupancy; to provide or furnish with; as, to put one in possession of facts or information. (b) (Law) To place one in charge of property recovered in ejectment or writ of entry.

{To take possession}, to enter upon, or to bring within one's power or occupancy.

{Writ of possession} (Law), a precept directing a sheriff to put a person in peaceable possession of property recovered in ejectment or writ of entry. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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