induce

verb
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
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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Recent Examples on the Web And if reimbursed universally, this would induce more insured persons to take the product as their out-of-pocket costs would be much lower. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Already in 1964, Delgado’s technology could induce a surprising amount of control in human brains. Quanta Magazine, 17 May 2021 Indeed, this can induce other drivers to accelerate rapidly too. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Yet the move could induce other streamers—and small studios—to strike their own deals to not be left out. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 26 May 2021 But can these experimental treatments induce the same kind of durable responses? Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 23 May 2021 If ingested, do not induce vomiting or flush with fluids. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021 Missing one of the two best hitters on the roster when a team is in the position the Dodgers are should induce a high level of anxiety. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 The trial’s primary goals were assessing the vaccine’s safety and its ability to induce an immune response. Tara Haelle, Scientific American, 13 May 2021

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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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The first known use of induce was in the 14th century

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14 Jun 2021

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“Induce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/induce. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for induce

induce

verb

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

induce

verb
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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