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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Rodriguez, who lived in Hartford, was arrested in August 2017 and charged with supplying the drugs that induced a young Tolland woman’s overdose two years earlier, the release said. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hartford Man Gets Four Years For Providing Crack and Heroin To Overdose Victim," 2 May 2018 My favorite of the immersive, house-sized installations was a sensory deprivation space created by James Turrell that induced a kind of high, a heightened attention of the senses. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 Kitchen Toke describes the effects of THC, the chemical in marijuana that induces psychotropic effects, but reads like a health-food cookbook for those interested in weed as a wellness product. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Cooking / Food & Drink / The Reefer / Weed Week Chicago-based Kitchen Toke, the first zine devoted to cooking with weed, preaches the green word," 20 Apr. 2018 For generations of Americans, the brick-like Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog was a fixture in just about every house — a miscellany of toys and clothes and furnishings and hardware that induced longing for this or that dream purchase. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day," 16 Oct. 2018 Foodborne botulism is typically treated by clearing out the digestive system, so your doctor may give you medication that induces vomiting or bowel movements. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Taco Bell has just issued a warning for its popular salsa con queso.," 25 July 2018 Other plants and foods can induce similar symptoms of phytophotodermatitis—like limes, figs, carrots, and celery. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Giant Invasive Flower Can Give You Third-Degree Burns," 3 July 2018 So offering Mathis makes sense, even if the timing might induce a little panic from anyone hoping the Buckeyes had Gunnell's commitment close to sealed up. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State offers Michigan State QB commit Dwan Mathis: Buckeyes football recruiting," 3 May 2018 Putting too much pressure on yourself to be the perfect caregiver can induce stress. Michele Parente,, "Caregiver stress: Don't ignore your No. 1 problem," 24 Apr. 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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