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Meaning of PREPOSSESS

Pronunciation:  `preepu'zes

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

PREPOSSESS is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.

 

 

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