Definition of induce
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 of induce from the Web
The self-governing territory had its own uprising for greater democracy in 2014, known as the Umbrella Movement, which failed to induce any concessions from the governments in Hong Kong or Beijing.
On this of all days, Volquez unfurled a no-hitter against Arizona, the very notion of which induces waves of chills merely in typing the words.
Maryland had runners reach in each of the first two innings against West Virginia starter Alek Manoah, but the freshman induced double plays in each frame.
With prices reaching $13.50 for a whole-wheat Pullman loaf, some of Hewn's bread can induce sticker shock.
From the terror-inducing raids in the communities of undocumented immigrants, to his disparaging of refugees in search of freedom and respite.
Lamet induced a Rizzo fly out, avoiding further damage.
Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon set off for Monaco with their respective wives Elsa Pataky and Luciana Barroso over the weekend to watch the Grand Prix — marking the latest outing in the pair’s envy-inducing bromance.
Alex Claudio replaced Dyson and induced a soft ground ball back to the mound that skipped under his glove.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of induce
Middle English, from Anglo-French inducer, from Latin inducere, from in- + ducere to lead — more at 1tow
First Known Use: 14th century
INDUCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of induce for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of induce for Students
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
Word Root of induce
The Latin word ducere, meaning “to lead,” and its form ductus give us the roots duc and duct. Words from the Latin ducere have something to do with leading. A duct is a tube that leads from one place or organ to another. To educate, or teach, is to lead to knowledge. To induce is to lead into a particular state.
Medical Definition of induce
1: to cause or bring about anesthesia induced by drugs: asa (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 tubeb: 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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