possessive ( possessives plural )
1 adj Someone who is possessiveabout another person wants all that person's love and attention.
oft ADJ about/of n
Danny could be very jealous and possessive about me...
Leaning over, he kissed her possessively on the mouth.
I've ruined every relationship with my possessiveness.
2 adj Someone who is possessiveabout things that they own does not like other people to use them.
usu v-link ADJ, usu ADJ about n
People were very possessive about their coupons.
3 adj In grammar, a possessive determiner or possessive adjective is a word such as `my' or `his' which shows who or what something belongs to or is connected with. The possessive form of a name or noun has 's added to it, as in `Jenny's' or `cat's'.
4 n-count A possessive is a possessive determiner or the possessive form of a name or noun.
possessive pronoun ( possessive pronouns plural ) A possessive pronoun is a pronoun such as `mine', `yours', or `theirs' which is used to refer to the thing of a particular kind that belongs to someone, as in `Can I borrow your pen? I've lost mine.' n-count
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