- to make ill, especially slightly.
- to put out of the proper condition for something; make unfit: The long tennis match indisposed me for any further physical activity that day.
- to render averse or unwilling; disincline: His anger indisposed him from helping.
Origin of indispose
First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from indisposed
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Examples from the Web for indispose
I did not wish to indispose him still further by an appearance of marked curiosity.Under Western Eyes
We may now manage so to deal with the rest as to indispose them for further pursuit.Runnymede and Lincoln Fair
The religion of Sully also tended to indispose the Queen towards him.The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 2 (of 3)
We indispose the French government, and they will retract their offer of the treaty of commerce.
Patience seems to be prudence, in this case; to indispose them, would do no good, and might do harm.
- to make unwilling or opposed; disincline
- to cause to feel ill
- to make unfit (for something or to do something)
- To cause to be or feel ill; sicken.
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