Meaning of predispose

pre•dis•pose

Pronunciation: (prē"di-spōz'), [key]
— v., -posed, -pos•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to give an inclination or tendency to beforehand; make susceptible: Genetic factors may predispose human beings to certain metabolic diseases.
  2. to render subject, susceptible, or liable: The evidence predisposes him to public censure.
  3. to dispose beforehand.
  4. to dispose of beforehand, as in a will, legacy, or the like.
—v.i.
  1. to give or furnish a tendency or inclination: an underground job that predisposes to lung infection.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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