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predispose (someone or something) to (something)

1. To make someone or something more inclined to some action in advance. Often used in passive constructions. Harvard's reputation for its law program predisposed him to go there after high school. I know Ruth is predisposed to do whatever her father suggests due to her overwhelming sense of loyalty to him.
2. To make someone or something more susceptible or liable to something. Often used in passive constructions. It's your mother's father who predisposes you to baldness, not your own father. My genetics predispose me to heart disease, so I take every precaution I can to avoid it. The economy was already predisposed to collapse due to the sudden removal of many regulations that kept it in balance.
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predispose someone or something to(ward) something

to make someone or something susceptible to something. Your comments will not predispose me toward a favorable treatment of your case. Do you think that this weather will predispose me to catching a cold?
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It can mask warning pain, weaken the tendon, and predispose the tendon to full rupture.
The researchers plan to examine potential effects of negative expectations more closely in pessimists, whose personalities may predispose them to pain sensitivity.
Antibiotic therapy, steroid therapy, diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus infection, radiation, chemotherapy, and any condition that suppresses immune response can predispose patients to laryngeal candidiasis.
Washington, Oct 27 (ANI): Genetic make up may predispose a person to indulge in booze more but may not raise one's genetic risk for alcoholism, says a new study.
Any of several combinations of genes may predispose the body to low glutathione concentrations.
Recurrent parotid insufflation can predispose the patient to recurrent parotitis and sialectasis.
That in turn might predispose a person to develop diabetes, she speculates.