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predispose

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verb pre·dis·pose \ˌprē-di-ˈspōz\

Simple Definition of predispose

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dispose in advance <a good teacher predisposes children to learn>

  3. 2 :  to make susceptible <malnutrition predisposes one to disease>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to bring about susceptibility

pre·dis·po·si·tion play \ˌprē-ˌdis-pə-ˈzi-shən\ noun

Examples of predispose

  1. Past experiences have predisposed her to distrust people.



1646

First Known Use of predispose

1646

Synonym Discussion of predispose

incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions <I incline to agree>. bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice <the experience biased him against foreigners>. dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something <her nature disposes her to trust others>. predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself <does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?>.

Medical Dictionary

predispose

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verb pre·dis·pose \ˌprēd-is-ˈpōz\

Medical Definition of predispose

pre·dis·posedpre·dis·pos·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make susceptible <malnutrition predisposes one to disease>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to bring about susceptibility <conditions that predispose to infection>





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