To preoccupy, as ground or land; to take previous possession of.
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.
cause to be preoccupied; "The idea of his failure prepossesses him"
make a positive impression (on someone) beforehand; "A prepossessing appearance"
influence (somebody's) opinion in advance