in·​duce | \ in-ˈdüs How to pronounce induce (audio) , -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
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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Recent Examples on the Web To induce estrus in the female, the male squirts her with urine, a few drops at a time. Patricia Edmonds, National Geographic, "Prickly porcupines mate without hurting each other. Here’s how.," 2 July 2020 To induce his mice to detect artificial scents, Chong had to be much more precise. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist," 25 June 2020 Emperor Dom Pedro II, a fierce advocate of the South during the war, tried to induce their immigration, offering free transport, cheap land and an easy path to citizenship. Washington Post, "They lost the Civil War and fled to Brazil. Their descendants refuse to take down the Confederate flag.," 11 July 2020 An alleged conspiracy to induce lethargy among them was just one more facet, many African-Americans believed, of a covert race war that had unleashed an indiscriminate assault on the country’s black leadership. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for the ‘Cause’," 6 July 2020 The two disorders induce similar symptoms, but are set off by different triggers: allergic asthma flares up with exposure to allergens like pollen and mold, while non-allergic asthma is exacerbated by exercise, stress, cold weather, and more. Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Does asthma increase Covid-19 risk? Emerging research suggests a complicated connection," 2 July 2020 Experiments there call for researchers studying the relationship between certain irregular heartbeats and heart failure to implant pacemakers and induce abnormal rhythms while measuring cardiac function during treadmill tests. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "Panel urges more expansive guidelines for VA medical experiments on dogs," 1 July 2020 The mainstreaming of the epidemiological view of society will induce contradictory responses in how people understand their own bodies, the bodies of humans in general, and the hypothetical and real experiences of touch and being touched. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Benjamin Bratton says we stay hyperaware of contagion post-Covid," 30 June 2020 The transition from darkness to dazzling light, a shock designed to induce a physical crisis, to reduce the subject to a state of abjection, nothing but a half-blind animal, stunned and panicking. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, "A Transparent Woman," 29 June 2020

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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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“Induce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of induce

somewhat formal : 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 How to pronounce induce (audio) , -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 How to pronounce induce (audio) \
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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