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An example use of possess in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… and both possess that …”
To possess something means to have it in your power to control it.
the word possess occurs in english on average 11 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that possess can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) communication, information, and media;
3) people, society, and culture;