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predispose

[ pree-di-spohz ]
/ 藢pri d瑟藞spo蕣z /
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verb (used with object), pre路dis路posed, pre路dis路pos路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路dis路posed, pre路dis路pos路ing.
to give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.
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Origin of predispose

First recorded in 1640鈥50; pre- + dispose

OTHER WORDS FROM predispose

pre路dis路pos路al, nounun路pre路dis路pos路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for predispose

predispose
/ (藢pri藧d瑟藞sp蓹蕣z) /

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 forms of predispose

predisposal, noun
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Medical definitions for predispose

predispose
[ pr膿鈥瞕沫-sp艒z ]

v.
To make susceptible, as to a disease.
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