ADJ

exclusive
They had exclusive possession of the property as tenants
illegal, unlawful
They were charged with unlawful possession of firearms

VERB + POSSESSION

gain, get, obtain
take
When do you take possession of your new house?
retain
The team was struggling to retain possession of the ball

POSSESSION + NOUN

order
The judge made a possession order against the tenant

PREP

in ~ of sth
Drivers must be in possession of a current driving licence
in your ~
They have in their possession some very valuable pictures

PHRASES

in full possession of sth
Anyone in full possession of the facts would see that we are right

ADJ

family, personal, private
cherished, prized, proud, treasured, valuable, valued
The sports car was her proudest possession
material, worldly
He carried all his worldly possessions in an old suitcase
colonial, continental, overseas
the country's overseas possessions (= colonies)

VERB + POSSESSION

acquire
collect
sell
lose