prepossess

[pree-puh-zes]

verb (used with object)

to possess or dominate mentally beforehand, as a prejudice does.
to prejudice or bias, especially favorably.
to impress favorably beforehand or at the outset.

Origin of prepossess

First recorded in 1605–15; pre- + possess
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prepossess

verb (tr)

to preoccupy or engross mentally
to influence in advance for or against a person or thing; prejudice; bias
to make a favourable impression on beforehand
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Word Origin and History for prepossess
v.

1610s, "to get possession of beforehand," from pre- + possess. Meaning "to possess (a person) beforehand with a feeling, notion, etc." is from 1630s; specifically, "to cause (someone) to have a favorable opinion of something" (1640s). Related: Prepossessed; prepossessing.

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