- 1to influence somebody 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 behaviour. predispose somebody to do something Her good mood predisposed her to enjoy the play.
- 2predispose somebody to something to make it likely that you will suffer from a particular illness Stress can predispose people to heart attacks. Extra examples He said the British were temperamentally predisposed to compromise. One theory is that some people are predisposed to criminal behaviour because of their genetic make-up. Some people assumed he was stupid and were thus predisposed to fall into one of his traps.
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈspoʊz//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they predispose
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈspoʊz//he / she / it predisposes
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈspoʊzɪz//past simple predisposed
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈspoʊzd//past participle predisposed
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈspoʊzd//-ing form predisposing
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈspoʊzɪŋ//