transitive verb-·posed′, -·pos′ing
Mia is predisposed to become a star soccer player because her older siblings excelled in the sport too.
- An example of predispose is to have a bad immune system that makes you likely to catch colds.
- An example of predispose is to have a family of athletes making it more likely to succeed in sports.
verbpre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing, pre·dis·pos·es
- To make (someone) inclined to something in advance: His good manners predispose people in his favor.
- To make susceptible or liable: conditions that predispose miners to lung disease.
(third-person singular simple present predisposes, present participle predisposing, simple past and past participle predisposed)
- Structural disorders such as flat feet, hyperextended knees (genu recurvatum), and hypermobility syndrome (joints that can move beyond the normal range of motion) may predispose a person to developing leg cramps.
- All MEN types are the result of inherited genetic mutations that predispose the individual to excessive growth of cells (hyperplasia) and tumor formation in multiple endocrine glands.
- There may also be biologic factors such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain temperaments that predispose particular children towards misbehavior.
- Although it is uncertain why the hair follicles undergo these changes, it is thought that a combination of genes may predispose some children and adults to the disease.
- It's important to avoid excessive sun exposure when taking St. John's Wort as it may predispose you to photosensitivity, or light sensitivity, and cause your skin to burn more so than usual.