sed-, sedat-, -sid, -sess

(Latin: sit, sitting)

possess (verb), possesses; possessed; possessing
1. To have as property; to own.
2. To have as a quality, characteristic, or other attribute: Shirley possessed great tact and politeness.
3. To acquire mastery of or have knowledge of: Harry possessed valuable data that his employer was looking for.
4. To gain or exert influence or control over; to dominate.
5. To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition.
6. To cause to own, hold, or master something; such as, property or knowledge.
7. To cause to be influenced or controlled, as by an idea or emotion.
8. Etymology: from Middle English possessen; from Old French possessier, from Latin possessus, past participle of possidere, "to possess"; which stands for pots, "mighty, powerful" + sidere, literally "to sit as a master".
possession (puh ZESH uhn) (s) (noun), possessions (pl)
The act or fact of having or owning something: Doris put all of her personal possessions, which she thought was needed for her trip, into her suitcase and made sure that it didn’t weigh more than the allowed amount for the flight to Canada.
possessive (adjective), more possessive, most possessive
1. Pertaining to a wish to control someone exclusively or to be the sole object of another person's love.
2. Relating to a tendency not to share things with others.
3. In grammar, showing ownership in grammatical terms or indicating grammatical ownership; for example, in pronouns, "his" or "her".
possessively (adverb), more possessively, most possessively
Referring to ownership or control of something.
prepossess (verb), prepossesses; prepossessed; prepossessing
1. To preoccupy the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings.
2. To influence beforehand against or in favor of someone or something; prejudice.
3. To impress favorably in advance or beforehand.
prepossessing (adjective) (usually not comparable)
1. Creating a pleasing, attractive, or favorable impression: Ann's grandson is a prepossessing musician who has talents that people like very much.
2. Etymology: from Latin, "to get possession of beforehand", from pre-, "before" + possess, "have, hold"; meaning "to possess a person beforehand with a feeling, notion, etc."; specifically, "to cause people to have a positive feeling about something or another person".
Having a favorable impression; pleasing, attractive.
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Making a pleasing first impression.
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Making a pleasing and attractive impression.
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prepossessingly (adverb), more prepossessingly, most prepossessingly
1. Characterized by impressing someone favorably; pleasing.
2. Referring to the attraction of confidence, favor, esteem, or love.
prepossession (s) (noun), prepossessions (pl)
1. The state of being preoccupied with thoughts, opinions, or feelings.
2. An opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence.
preside (verb), presides; presided; presiding
1. To be officially in charge; to hold the position of authority; act as chairperson or president: Max was appointed to preside as the chairperson of the school board.
2. To have control: to be the most powerful person or the one everyone else obeys, usually in a specific place or situation: Tom is scheduled to preside over the business when the current chairman retires.
3. To perform as instrumentalist: Mary was the featured instrumentalist at the musical performance where she presided at the organ.
4. Etymology: From Latin præsidere, "to stand guard, to superintend"; literally, "to sit in front of"; from præ-, "before" + sedere, "to sit".
presidency (s) (noun), presidencies (pl)
1. The job or function of the head of a republic, or a country leader's term of office.
2. The status, post, or function of being in charge of a company, a society, an institution, or a similar body.
president (s) (noun), presidents (pl)
1. Someone who is appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people; such as, an assembly or meeting.
2. The chief executive of a republic.
3. The chief executive of the United States, serving as both chief of state and chief political executive.
4. The chief officer of a branch of government, corporation, board of trustees, university, or similar organization.
5. Etymology: from Latin præsidentum, præsidens, "president, governor, chosen leader of a body of people"; noun use of præsidere, "to act as head or chief"; literally, "to sit in front of"; from præ-, "before" + sedere, "to sit".
presidential (adjective), more presidential, most presidential
1. Relating to the position of the head of a government or some other organization.
2. Done in the manner of a chief executive, or having the appearance of a leader.
presidentially (adverb), more presidentially, most presidentially
In a manner that resembles or is characteristic of the head of a government, a business organization, etc.
presider (s) (noun), presiders (pl)
1. Someone who exercises guidance, direction, or control.
2. Anyone who acts as leader, chairman, or moderator.
3. A person who occupies a position similar to that of the highest position in an organization
repossess (verb), repossesses; repossessd; repossessing
1. To take back goods or property from a buyer who has failed to keep up the payments on them.
2. To take back property through judicial methods, a foreclosure, or legal means because required payments have not been made.