AskDefine | Define prepossess

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

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  1. To preoccupy, as ground or land; to take previous possession of.
  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.


to preoccupy, as ground or land
to preoccupy, as the mind or heart


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