Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make (someone) inclined to something in advance.
  • intransitive verb To make susceptible or liable.
  • intransitive verb To provide an inclination or susceptibility.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition or bias to.
  • transitive verb To make fit or susceptible beforehand; to give a tendency to.
  • transitive verb (Med.) causes which render the body liable to disease; predisponent causes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb make susceptible

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Examples

  • NYU College of Dentistry researcher Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz has found that immigrants 'ethnicity and country of origin predispose them to caries and periodontal disease.

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  • And fitness, along with a good diet, can also suppress the most common killer diseases that your genes might predispose you to.

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  • Assume (for the sake of argument) that atheism does indeed predispose people to commit atrocities in the course of prosecuting a war.

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  • Many of the risk factors for depression in general also predispose men to postpartum depression.

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  • Let us assume (for the sake of argument) that atheism does indeed predispose people to commit atrocities in the course of prosecuting a war.

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  • If sustained, the dietary choices made by people undergoing short sleep could predispose them to obesity and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the researchers wrote in an American Heart Association news release.

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  • The key, Wilson said, is the group: Under certain circumstances, groups of cooperators can out-compete groups of non-cooperators, thereby ensuring that their genes -- including the ones that predispose them to cooperation -- are handed down to future generations.

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  • Assume (for the sake of argument) that atheism does indeed predispose people to commit atrocities in the course of prosecuting a war.

    Berlinski's Wisdom

  • The key, Wilson said, is the group: Under certain circumstances, groups of cooperators can out-compete groups of non-cooperators, thereby ensuring that their genes -- including the ones that predispose them to cooperation -- are handed down to future generations.

    Tom Vander Ark: Where Does Good Come From?

  • Let us assume (for the sake of argument) that atheism does indeed predispose people to commit atrocities in the course of prosecuting a war.

    Berlinski's Wisdom

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