prepossess

verb
pre·pos·sess | \ˌprē-pə-ˈzes also -ˈses \
prepossessed; prepossessing; prepossesses

Definition of prepossess 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to take previous possession of

2 : to cause to be preoccupied

3 : to influence beforehand especially favorably

First Known Use of prepossess

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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