predispose to

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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By age 24 months, 3 of 84 infants (3.6%) in the casein hydrolysate group had developed at least one of four autoantibodies (anti-GAD65, IA-2, insulin, and islet-cell) that are known to predispose to type 1 diabetes, compared with 10 of 89 (11.2%) who were fed cow's milk formula, he reported.