in·duce | \in-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\
induced; inducing

Definition of induce 

transitive verb

1a : to move by persuasion or influence

b : to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation

2a : effect, cause

b : to cause the formation of

c : to produce by induction induce an electric current

3 : to determine by induction specifically : to infer from particulars

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Inducing is usually gentle persuasion; you may, for instance, induce a friend to go to a concert, or induce a child to stop crying. An inducement is something that might lure you to do something, though inducements are occasionally a bit menacing, like the Godfather's offer that you can't refuse. Induce also sometimes means "produce;" thus, doctors must at times induce labor in a pregnant woman. Notice that induct and induction are somewhat different from induce and inducement, though they come from the identical roots.

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.
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Sometimes, however, friends and families of people with a milder form of bipolar disorder — one that does not induce psychotic behavior — can mistake their condition for depression, Payne said. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Kate Spade’s death ignites concern about rising suicide rate," 7 June 2018 The scientists tested their bacteria-on-a-chip prototype in mice with induced gastrointestinal bleeding and in pigs that had blood piped into their stomachs. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Digital Pill Prototype Uses Bacteria to Sense Stomach Bleeding," 24 May 2018 CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports that residents were warned to stay indoors with their windows closed because sulfuric acid in the air can cause headaches, lung irritation and even induce asthma attacks. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Explosive eruptions, "ballistic rocks" possible from Hawaii volcano," 9 May 2018 Others say interpersonal dynamics might induce stress or even cause heart attacks. Sushrut Jangi,, "We shouldn’t keep families out of hospital rooms. Here’s why," 1 May 2018 The brand’s latest product, Flow, is a C.B.D. vaporizer pen that aims to promote a relaxed state of mind, though the chemical does not induce a high. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "A Cannabis Craze Takes Over Skin Care," 27 Apr. 2018 Peanuts and soy can induce asthma as part of anaphylaxis in those who are allergic; shellfish have been known to cause attacks as well. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling With Asthma," 17 Apr. 2018 Bryant's departure has induced rage and anger that will only be dissipated by doing something the Cowboys haven't done in a couple of decades, winning something big. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Earl Thomas, draft and other possible Cowboys spinoffs from Dez Bryant release | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Apr. 2018 Officials also discussed strategies for managing rates if growth quickens to an untenable pace that induces bubbles and high inflation. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Prices Edge Lower," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of induce

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for induce

Middle English, from Anglo-French inducer, from Latin inducere, from in- + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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English Language Learners 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


in·duce | \in-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\
induced; inducing

Kids Definition of induce

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

in·duce | \in-ˈd(y)üs \
induced; inducing

Medical Definition of induce 

1 : to cause or bring about anesthesia induced by drugs : as

a(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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