Simple Definition of induce
: to cause (someone or something) to do something
: to cause (something) to happen or exist
medical : to give (a pregnant woman) special medicine in order to make her give birth : to cause (labor or birth) to begin by giving special drugs to a pregnant woman
Full Definition of induce
Examples of induce in a sentence
The advertisement is meant to induce people to eat more fruit.
No one knows what induced him to leave.
Her illness was induced by overwork.
They will induce labor to avoid complications.
Origin and Etymology of induce
Middle English, from Anglo-French inducer, from Latin inducere, from in- + ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with induce
Aarhus, abstruse, abuse, adduce, Atreus, blue spruce, burnoose, caboose, Cayuse, Cepheus, ceruse, charmeuse, chartreuse, Chartreuse, conduce, couscous, cut loose, deduce, diffuse, disuse, educe, effuse, excuse, fair use, footloose, hang loose, Lanús, misuse, mongoose, Morpheus, negus, obtuse, Orpheus, papoose, Peleus, Perseus, prepuce, produce, profuse, Proteus, Purus, recluse, red spruce, reduce, refuse, retuse, reuse, Sanctus, seduce, slip noose, snow goose, Tereus, Theseus, traduce, transduce, turn loose, unloose, vamoose
INDUCE Defined for Kids
Definition of induce for Students
1 : to cause to do something <Her pleas induced us to give.>
2 : to bring about <Warm milk induces sleepiness.>
3 : to produce (as an electric current) by induction
Word Root of induce
The Latin word ducere, meaning “to lead,” and its form ductus give us the roots duc and duct. Words from the Latin ducere have something to do with leading. A duct is a tube that leads from one place or organ to another. To educate, or teach, is to lead to knowledge. To induce is to lead into a particular state.
Medical Definition of induce
1: to cause or bring about <anesthesia induced by drugs>: asa (1): to cause the embryological formation of <the optic cup induces lens tissue in the adjacent ectoderm> (2): to cause to form through embryonic induction <induce ectoderm to form a neural tube>b: to cause or initiate by artificial means <induced abortion> <induced labor>
2: to produce anesthesia in <the patient was induced by a mixture of thiopental and curare>
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