predispose

[ 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.

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Origin of predispose

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + dispose

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British Dictionary definitions for predispose

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 forms of predispose

predisposal, noun
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Medical definitions for predispose

predispose
[ prē′dĭ-spōz ]

v.

To make susceptible, as to a disease.
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