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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make (someone) inclined to something in advance: His good manners predispose people in his favor. See Synonyms at incline.
  • transitive v. To make susceptible or liable: conditions that predispose miners to lung disease.
  • transitive v. Archaic To settle or dispose of in advance.
  • intransitive v. To provide an inclination or susceptibility: a genetic trait that predisposes to the development of cancer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make someone susceptible to something (such as a disease).
  • v. To make someone inclined to something in advance; to influence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition or bias to.
  • transitive v. To make fit or susceptible beforehand; to give a tendency to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To incline beforehand; affect by a previous disposition or inclination; adapt beforehand; render susceptible or liable, either mentally or physically: as, to predispose the body to disease; to predispose the mind to anger.
  • To create a previous disposition or inclination; cause a tendency in a particular direction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make susceptible

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