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ˌpri dɪˈspoʊzpre·dis·pose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predisposeverb

    make susceptible

    "This illness predisposes you to gain weight"


  1. predisposeverb

    To make someone susceptible to something (such as a disease).

  2. predisposeverb

    To make someone inclined to something in advance; to influence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Predisposeverb

    To adapt previously to any certain purpose.

    Etymology: præ and dispose.

    Vegetable productions require heat of the sun, to predispose and excite the earth and the seeds. Burnet.

    Unless nature be predisposed to friendship by its own propensity, no arts of obligation shall be able to abate the secret hatreds of some persons towards others. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. predispose

    To predispose is to make someone likely or susceptible to experiencing a specific condition, behavior or outcome, often due to their genetics, environment, or habits. It suggests an inherent or increased probability of something occurring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predisposeverb

    to dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition or bias to; as, to predispose the mind to friendship

  2. Predisposeverb

    to make fit or susceptible beforehand; to give a tendency to; as, debility predisposes the body to disease

  3. Etymology: [Pref. pre- + dispose: cf. F. prdisposer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Predispose

    prē-dis-pōz′, v.t. to dispose or incline beforehand: to render favourable.—adj. Predispō′sing, inclining beforehand: making liable.—n. Predisposi′tion, state of being predisposed or previously inclined: a state of body in which disease is easily excited.—adj. Predisposi′tional.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of predispose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of predispose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of predispose in a Sentence

  1. Peter Muennig:

    Even relatively low levels of exposure may rob children of IQ points and predispose them to violent behavior later in life.

  2. Edgar Cayce:

    Healing of the physical without the change in the mental and spiritual aspects brings little real help to the individual in the end. How true, because the mind and the body imprint and imitate each other. What we think, we become. What we become, we think. It's an insidious process that can predispose us to illness or it can lead us to health.

  3. Mayana Zatz:

    The third possibility that we want to investigate is that certain genes predispose the child to microcephaly, and they are altered by the presence of the Zika virus.

  4. Richard Isaacson:

    Specific traits may increase risk due to a lifetime of behaviors that predispose a person to developing cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease, or there could be more of a direct biological role related to early disease pathology, neuroticism is specifically one trait that comes to mind, and past meta-analyses have also show this. Rumination and worry is linked to smaller brain volumes.

  5. Leana Wen:

    On the other hand, many people may still prioritize not contracting Covid-19 because of the risk of long-haul symptoms, they may also have underlying medical conditions that predispose to more severe outcomes themselves, or they may live with others who are more vulnerable and want to reduce their risk to those around them.

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