Definitions for: Prepossess


[v] influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
[v] make a positive impression (on someone) beforehand; "A prepossessing appearance"
[v] cause to be preoccupied; "The idea of his failure prepossesses him"
[v] possess beforehand



Webster (1913) Definition: Pre`pos*sess", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prepossessed;
p. pr. & vb. n. Prepossessing.]
1. To preoccupy, as ground or land; to take previous
possession of. --Dryden.

2. To preoccupy, as the mind or heart, so as to preclude
other things; hence, to bias or prejudice; to give a
previous inclination to, for or against anything; esp., to
induce a favorable opinion beforehand, or at the outset.

It created him enemies, and prepossessed the lord
general. --Evelyn.

Synonyms: prejudice

See Also: act upon, bias, have, impress, influence, own, possess, predetermine, preoccupy, work

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