pre·pos·sess /ˌpripəˈzɛs ||ˈsɛs/
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.
v 1: possess beforehand
2: cause to be preoccupied; "The idea of his failure
3: make a positive impression (on someone) beforehand; "A
4: influence (somebody's) opinion in advance [syn: prejudice]