Definition of induce
- induce an electric current
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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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.
beget, breed, bring, bring about, bring on, catalyze, cause, create, do, draw on, effect, effectuate, engender, generate, invoke, make, occasion, produce, prompt, result (in), spawn, translate (into), work, yield;
bring forth, give rise to;
: 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
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to pay off by making regular payments
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