pre|dis|pose [ˌpri:dısˈpəuz US -ˈpouz] v [T]
1.) to make someone more likely to suffer from a particular health problem
predispose sb to sth
Diabetes predisposes patients to infections.
2.) to make someone more likely to behave or think in a particular way
predispose sb to sth
Parents who smoke predispose children to smoking.
>predisposed adj
genetically predisposed to gain weight

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