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predispose

verb
     
pre‧dis‧pose [transitive]
1 to make someone more likely to suffer from a particular health problem
predispose somebody to something
Diabetes predisposes patients to infections.
2 to make someone more likely to behave or think in a particular way
predispose somebody to something
Parents who smoke predispose children to smoking.
predisposed adjective:
genetically predisposed to gain weight

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