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possĭdĕo (archaic orthogr. POSIDET, Epitaphs of the Scipios; Sentent. de Limit. Genuat. Rudorff; in the latter also POSIDENT, POSIDEBVNT, POSIDETO, POSIDERE, as well as POSEDEIT and POSEDET, for possedit), sēdi, sessum, 2, v. a. old prep. port; Gr. προτί, πρός (v. pono), and sedeo, have and hold, to be master of, to own, possess (syn.: teneo, habeo).
b. Absol., to have possessions, to possess lands, be settled: “juxta litora maris possidere,Dig. 47, 9, 7: “possidere trans flumen,ib. 43, 14, 1.—
B. Transf., for possido, to take possession of, to occupy (very rare except in eccl. and late Lat.): “ego possideo plus Pallante,Juv. 1, 108: “quot agri jugera?id. 3, 141: ferro septus possidet sedes sacras, Att. ap. Cic. de Or. 3, 26, 102; Auct. Her. 1, 11, 19: “forum armatis catervis perditorum hominum,Cic. Dom. 42, 110 (dub.): “magister, quid faciendo vitam aeternam possidebo,Vulg. Luc. 10, 25: “iniqui regnum Dei non possidebunt,id. 1 Cor. 6, 9 et saep. —
2. To occupy, abide in a place (poet.): “victrix possidet umbra nemus,Mart. 6, 76, 6: “Zephyri possidet aura nemus,Prop. 1, 19, 2; Luc. 2, 454.—
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