possess-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: have, own

Jane possesses a great coloratura voice.
The children each possess a third of their father's estate.
He possesses a strong desire to succeed.
Those two men jointly possess a patent for a new encryption scheme.
Does he think he possesses me, or something?

VerbNet: own-100
FrameNet: Possession
PropBank: possess.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: take hold

A sudden urge to eat chocolate ice cream possessed her.
What possessed you to buy this house?

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3