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 The harassment was so serious that Ruppert received GIFs with flashing lights, sent specifically to induce a seizure. Washington Post, "A journalist had a seizure while playing ‘Cyberpunk 2077.’ Then she helped change the game.," 31 Dec. 2020 All of our plans for handling the existing abundance of space junk involve finding a way to induce it to leave orbit. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Coverage of “wooden satellites” misses the point," 29 Dec. 2020 Carrington spent twenty-four hours drinking orange-blossom water to induce vomiting. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 One way to orchestrate maturation of synthetic tissues is to determine the list of genes needed to induce a group of stem cells to grow, mature and evolve into a complete and functioning organ. Mo Ebrahimkhani, The Conversation, "Genetic engineering transformed stem cells into working mini-livers that extended the life of mice with liver disease," 7 Dec. 2020 Universities don’t want boosters or representatives making NIL deals with prospective athletes to induce them to attend a specific school. J. Brady Mccollough Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California’s new bumped-up NIL bill expected to counter NCAA’s proposal," 7 Dec. 2020 Purdue Pharma last week pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the statute, including by making payments to two doctors through its speaker program to induce more prescriptions of its opioid products. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Health-Care Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny Around Payments to Doctors to Promote Products," 3 Dec. 2020 Purdue also will admit to using payments through the company’s speakers program to induce doctors to write more prescriptions, DOJ said. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Connecticut Attorney General William Tong blasts DOJ deal with Purdue Pharma over opioid probe," 21 Oct. 2020 Eventually the decision was made to induce labor on Nov. 7. Jeremy Poincenot, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Remember having your first child? Imagine doing it in a pandemic.," 29 Dec. 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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The first known use of induce was in the 14th century

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21 Jan 2021

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“Induce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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