predispose


pre·dis·pose

verb \ˌprē-di-ˈspōz\

: to cause (someone) to be more likely to behave in a particular way or to be affected by a particular condition

Full Definition of PREDISPOSE

transitive verb
1
:  to dispose in advance <a good teacher predisposes children to learn>
2
:  to make susceptible <malnutrition predisposes one to disease>
intransitive verb
:  to bring about susceptibility
pre·dis·po·si·tion \ˌprē-ˌdis-pə-ˈzi-shən\ noun

Examples of PREDISPOSE

  1. Past experiences have predisposed her to distrust people.

First Known Use of PREDISPOSE

1646

pre·dis·pose

verb \ˌprēd-is-ˈpōz\   (Medical Dictionary)
pre·dis·posedpre·dis·pos·ing

Medical Definition of PREDISPOSE

transitive verb
: to make susceptible <malnutrition predisposes one to disease>
intransitive verb
: to bring about susceptibility <conditions that predispose to infection>

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