verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for prepossess
I am not going to prepossess you against even our village scold, by telling her name.Deerbrook|Harriet Martineau
Good-breeding alone can prepossess people in our favour at first sight; more time being necessary to discover greater talents.The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant|John Hamilton Moore
The neighbourhood of Badajoz did not prepossess me much in favour of the country which I had just entered.The Bible in Spain|George Borrow
But again I ask, do not strive to prepossess me against him.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Neither did the puff preliminary, which heralded the appearance of this volume, prepossess us strongly in its favour.
British Dictionary definitions for prepossess
Word Origin and History for prepossess
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.