[ pree-di-spohz ]
/ ˌpri dɪˈspoʊz /

verb (used with object), pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing.

to give an inclination or tendency to beforehand; make susceptible: Genetic factors may predispose human beings to certain metabolic diseases.
to render subject, susceptible, or liable: The evidence predisposes him to public censure.
to dispose beforehand.
Archaic. to dispose of beforehand, as in a will, legacy, or the like.

verb (used without object), pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing.

to give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.

Nearby words

  1. predictor,
  2. predictory,
  3. predigest,
  4. predikant,
  5. predilection,
  6. predisposition,
  7. predistortion,
  8. prednisolone,
  9. prednisone,
  10. predoctoral

Origin of predispose

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + dispose

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British Dictionary definitions for predispose


/ (ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz) /

verb (tr)

(often foll by to or towards) to incline or make (someone) susceptible to something beforehand
mainly law to dispose of (property, etc) beforehand; bequeath
Derived Formspredisposal, noun

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Word Origin and History for predispose



1640s, "to put into a certain frame of mind," perhaps a back-formation from predisposition. Related: Predisposed; predisposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for predispose


[ prē′dĭ-spōz ]


To make susceptible, as to a disease.

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