induce

verb

in·​duce in-ˈdüs How to pronounce induce (audio)
-ˈdyüs
induced; inducing

transitive verb

1
a
: to move by persuasion or influence
b
: to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation
2
a
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.

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Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French inducer, from Latin inducere, from in- + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Induce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/induce. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

induce

verb

in·​duce in-ˈdüs How to pronounce induce (audio)
-ˈdyüs
induced; inducing
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

Medical Definition

induce

transitive verb

in·​duce in-ˈd(y)üs How to pronounce induce (audio)
induced; inducing
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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