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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The disease is bilateral in 50% of cases, which suggests that some constitutional or systemic factor predisposes to its development.
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This malignancy is associated with a mutation that leads to an inactivation of a tumor suppressor gene located on the long arm of chromosome 13 [5.6] A single chromosome defect predisposes the patient to retinoblastoma, but when a "second hit" affects the other allele, the suppressive function of the gene is lost.