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predispose (v.)

"incline beforehand, put into a certain frame of mind, render susceptible either mentally or physically," 1640s, perhaps a back-formation from predisposition or else from or based on French predisposer (15c.). Related: Predisposed; predisposing.

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Definitions of predispose from WordNet

predispose (v.)
make susceptible;
This illness predisposes you to gain weight
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