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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpredisposepre‧dis‧pose /ˌpriːdɪsˈpəʊz $ -ˈpoʊz/ verb [transitive]  1 to make someone more likely to suffer from a particular health problempredispose somebody to something Diabetes predisposes patients to infections.2 CAUSEto make someone more likely to behave or think in a particular waypredispose somebody to something Parents who smoke predispose children to smoking.predisposed adjective genetically predisposed to gain weight→ See Verb table
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predisposeTricyclic antidepressants and phenothiazines may precipitate seizures in an occasional patient who has predisposing risk factors for epilepsy.Seligman has also suggested that a maladaptive style of thinking can be learned which predisposes a person to depression.Some genetic disorders predispose individuals to the toxic effects of substances found in the workplace or environment.I was predisposed not to like him; maybe he sensed this.Diabetes predisposes the patient to fungus or other opportunistic infections involving the intracranial contents.And their education and trailing had predisposed them to hard work.The twentysomethings of the X generation may be more predisposed to quitting a job and drifting.It has been suggested that emergency colectomy and postoperative sepsis may predispose to the development of pouchitis.
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Verb table
Simple Form
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it, theypredisposed
Present perfect
theyhave predisposed
ithas predisposed
Past perfect
it, theyhad predisposed
it, theywill predispose
Future perfect
it, theywill have predisposed
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