prepossess(redirected from prepossesses)
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tr.v. pre·pos·sessed, pre·pos·sess·ing, pre·pos·sess·es
1. To preoccupy to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings: movie stars who prepossess millions of fans.
a. To influence beforehand against or in favor of someone or something; prejudice: "Those to whom she endeavoured to give pleasure were prepossessed in her favour" (Jane Austen).
b. To impress favorably in advance.
1. to preoccupy or engross mentally
2. to influence in advance for or against a person or thing; prejudice; bias
3. to make a favourable impression on beforehand
1. to possess or dominate mentally beforehand.
2. to prejudice, esp. favorably.
3. to impress favorably beforehand or at the outset.
Past participle: prepossessed
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|Verb||1.||prepossess - possess beforehand|
|2.||prepossess - cause to be preoccupied; "The idea of his failure prepossesses him"|
preoccupy - engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else"
|3.||prepossess - make a positive impression (on someone) beforehand; "A prepossessing appearance"|
impress - impress positively; "The young chess player impressed her audience"
|4.||prepossess - influence (somebody's) opinion in advance|
bias - influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"