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Meaning of PREDISPOSE

Pronunciation:  `preedi'spowz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  make susceptible; "This illness predisposes you to gain weight"
 

PREDISPOSE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 See Also: dispose, incline, subject

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pre`dis*pose"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Predisposed};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Predisposing}.] [Pref. pre- + dispose: cf.
F. pr['e]disposer.]
1. To dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition
   or bias to; as, to predispose the mind to friendship.

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

{Predisposing causes} (Med.), causes which render the body
   liable to disease; predisponent causes.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: affect, bend, bias, color, dispose, impress, incline, induce, influence, lead, move, persuade, prompt, soften up, strike, sway, tinge, tone, wear down, weigh with, work
 

 

 

 

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