American English

Definition of possessed adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[not before noun] possessed (by something)
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  • (of a person or their mind) controlled by an evil spirit She has convinced herself that she is possessed by the devil.
  • Idioms
    be possessed of something (formal)
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    to have a particular quality or feature She was possessed of exceptional powers of concentration.
    like a man/woman possessed, like one possessed
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    with a lot of force or energy He flew out of the room like a man possessed.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: possessed