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predispose (verb) make some one think or behave in a certain way

The way a person is brought up predisposes him to a certain way of life, thought or behavior. That is, how they live, what kind of behavior or thoughts they have, etc., are determined by how they are brought by their parents or guardians. The training a person gets predisposes his profession. That is, a personís profession is decided by the training they get. Certain circumstances in a personís life predispose them to a certain attitude to life. That is, because of certain circumstances, they develop a certain attitude. Repeated failures in a personís life may predispose them to having a gloomy view of life. Certain causes may predispose you to certain health problems. The children of diabetic parents may be predisposed to diabetes. That is, they may also suffer from diabetes.

  • His early exposure to music, as his parents were great singers, predisposed him to his becoming an ardent musician. His love of music led him to become great in the field.
  • The genetic factors she inherited, the doctors believed, predisposed her to heart diseases. They advised her to be careful.
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