From potis (able) + sedeō (sit).



possideō (present infinitive possidēre, perfect active possēdī, supine possessum); second conjugation

  1. I have, hold, own, possess.
  2. I possess lands, have possessions.
  3. I take control or possession of, seize, occupy.
  4. I occupy, inhabit, abide.


   Conjugation of possideō (second conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present possideō possidēs possidet possidēmus possidētis possident
imperfect possidēbam possidēbās possidēbat possidēbāmus possidēbātis possidēbant
future possidēbō possidēbis possidēbit possidēbimus possidēbitis possidēbunt
perfect possēdī possēdistī possēdit possēdimus possēdistis possēdērunt, possēdēre
pluperfect possēderam possēderās possēderat possēderāmus possēderātis possēderant
future perfect possēderō possēderis possēderit possēderimus possēderitis possēderint
passive present possideor possidēris, possidēre possidētur possidēmur possidēminī possidentur
imperfect possidēbar possidēbāris, possidēbāre possidēbātur possidēbāmur possidēbāminī possidēbantur
future possidēbor possidēberis, possidēbere possidēbitur possidēbimur possidēbiminī possidēbuntur
perfect possessus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect possessus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect possessus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present possideam possideās possideat possideāmus possideātis possideant
imperfect possidērem possidērēs possidēret possidērēmus possidērētis possidērent
perfect possēderim possēderīs possēderit possēderīmus possēderītis possēderint
pluperfect possēdissem possēdissēs possēdisset possēdissēmus possēdissētis possēdissent
passive present possidear possideāris, possideāre possideātur possideāmur possideāminī possideantur
imperfect possidērer possidērēris, possidērēre possidērētur possidērēmur possidērēminī possidērentur
perfect possessus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect possessus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present possidē possidēte
future possidētō possidētō possidētōte possidentō
passive present possidēre possidēminī
future possidētor possidētor possidentor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives possidēre possēdisse possessūrum esse possidērī possessum esse possessum īrī
participles possidēns possessūrus possessus possidendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
possidendī possidendō possidendum possidendō possessum possessū

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  • possideo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • possideo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • possideo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to possess means, to be well off: rem or opes habere, bona possidere, in bonis esse