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
c : to enroll for military training or service (as under a selective service act)
3 : lead, conduct

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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

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After a year spent preparing an account of Whitaker’s life, Regan saw Whitaker inducted into the Connecticut Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 The only indications that Owens is being inducted will come when the whole class is announced, as well as in imagery of the eight new members. Des Bieler,, "Hall of Fame to answer Terrell Owens' snub by refusing to announce his induction," 13 July 2018 His last tournament victory came at the 1988 British PGA Seniors Championship, the same year he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Dennis Passa, Washington Post, "Peter Thomson, Australian golfer who won the British Open five times, dies at 88," 21 June 2018 Flair, who said his favorite two opponents in his career were Steamboat and Shawn Michaels, inducted Steamboat. Gene Guillot,, "Best New Orleans wrestling matches: Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (1989) was winging it," 27 Mar. 2018 He was inducted into the Royal Society in 1974 and received the Albert Einstein Award in 1978. Time, "Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Has Died at the Age of 76," 14 Mar. 2018 Two years after this cover, Guest would be inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: C.Z. Guest," 25 Oct. 2013 So Li, set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July along with fellow former Australian Open champions Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, was not surprised when Osaka won the 2018 U.S. Open. Bruce Matthews, The Seattle Times, "Tennis trailblazer Li Na sees some similarities with Osaka," 21 Jan. 2019 It was announced today that Missy Elliott, the trailblazing female hip-hop artist known for her earworm-y raps, will be the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Missy Elliott Makes History as the First Female Rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame," 12 Jan. 2019

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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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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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