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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·pos·sess /ˌpripəˈzɛs ||ˈsɛs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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