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Definition of predispose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they predispose
    he / she / it predisposes
    past simple predisposed
    -ing form predisposing
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  1. 1to influence someone so that they are likely to think or behave in a particular way predispose somebody to something He believes that some people are predisposed to criminal behavior. predispose somebody to do something Her good mood predisposed her to enjoy the play.
  2. 2predispose somebody to something to make it likely that you will suffer from a particular illness Stress can predispose people to heart attacks.
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