Now, a woman has a 5-year-old daughter and now she has just had a newborn baby. The daughter starts to get jealous of the baby because she just wants her mom to take care of her only not the baby.

What is the verb expressing that a child just wants their mom to be exclusively for them?

For example,

The daughter just wants to keep her mom to herself

The daughter just doesn't want to share her mom with the baby

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    I don't know a verb for it, but the feeling is described as sibling jealousy or sibling rivalry (though the second can also refer to ill-feeling between older siblings). Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 11:04
  • dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/possessive pretty well nails it.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Jan 5 at 10:12
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    Can you give an example sentence with a blank where you want the verb to go? Verbs typically represent actions not feelings/emotions, although there are many ways they can do the latter. I'm not sure there's a verb with the precise meaning, and it would probably normally be expressed in another way, but you should try and give us as much information as possible.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jan 5 at 10:22

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The verb is possess - to have and hold as property : own. The daughter is possessive.

  • But you can share possessions.
    – user354948
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 15:34
  • Possessive definitely has this meaning, but not sure possess does.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jan 5 at 10:21

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