in·​duct | \ in-ˈdəkt How to pronounce induct (audio) \
inducted; inducting; inducts

Definition of induct

transitive verb

1 : to put in formal possession (as of a benefice or office) : install was inducted as president of the college
2a : to admit as a member inducted into a scholastic society
b : to enroll for military training or service (as under a selective service act)

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Examples of induct in a Sentence

The club will induct six new members this year. inducted the pitcher into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Recent Examples on the Web Along with a place in the book and the ear of the local abbot, club bonuses included a parade through the town to induct the new member and a large celebratory dinner. The Economist, "Craft from the past Leaf through the newly digitised “St Albans Benefactors’ Book”," 8 June 2020 He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Sly Stallone readies for another round in La Quinta," 30 May 2020 He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his individual career and as part of the 1992 Olympics team. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "NBA Legend Patrick Ewing Out Of Hospital After Being Treated For COVID-19," 26 May 2020 He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Check out who you voted to be on the Mount Rushmore of Kentucky Sports," 24 May 2020 He was inducted into the U.S. Soccer, San Francisco Prep and Lowell Sports Foundation halls of fame. Mitch Stephens,, "Remembering Bay Area high school coaches who left rich legacies," 23 May 2020 He was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Ben Thomas |, al, "Legendary Birmingham high school baseball coach Phil English dies," 19 May 2020 He was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020. Dave Clark,, "Tony Yates remembered in social media tributes to former Cincinnati Bearcats player, coach," 18 May 2020 He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 by Stevie Wonder., "‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ Singer Bill Withers Dies At 81," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of induct

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for induct

Middle English, from Medieval Latin inductus, past participle of inducere, from Latin

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The first known use of induct was in the 14th century

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17 Jun 2020

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“Induct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of induct

: to have (someone) officially begin a new job, position, or government office
: to officially make (someone) a member of a group or organization
US : to enroll (someone) for military training or service


in·​duct | \ in-ˈdəkt How to pronounce induct (audio) \
inducted; inducting

Kids Definition of induct

1 : to take in as a member of a military service
2 : to place in office
3 : to officially introduce (someone) as a member

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