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.
Recent Examples on the Web That said, Powell and the Fed are trying their level best to curb soaring inflation by slowing the economy – and there are worries that doing so will induce a recession. D. Brian Blank, The Conversation, 28 July 2022 But if his stuff didn’t induce swings and misses, Lyles still gutted through that fifth inning, slightly lightening the load for the bullpen while keeping his offense in the game. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 24 July 2022 In a paper published in Cell in May, Shyer, her co-senior author and fellow developmental biologist Alan Rodrigues and their colleagues showed that mechanical forces could induce embryonic chicken skin to create follicles for growing feathers. Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2022 There is also the chance that a low cap would induce Moscow to refuse to ship any discounted oil, instead paying to cap wells and halt production. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2022 There is also the chance that a low cap would induce Moscow to refuse to ship any discounted oil, instead paying to cap wells and halt production. New York Times, 9 July 2022 There is also the chance that a low cap would induce Moscow to refuse to ship any discounted oil, instead paying to cap wells and halt production. Jim Tankersley, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Some of the claims about water fasting specifically revolve around the idea that fasting can induce autophagy, your body’s natural process of cellular cleanup and removal of damaged cells. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 7 June 2022 Next, the researchers investigated whether SARS-CoV-2 infection could induce T cell death. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/induce. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for induce

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

induce

transitive verb
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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