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)
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
Recent Examples on the Web But the star of the night had to be Tina Turner (on hand to induct Phil Spector). Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 20 May 2021 This December, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia will induct stage magicians Harry Houdini and David Copperfield into its hall of fame, the Associated Press reports. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2020 At the same time, the Air Force would induct 84 brand-new F-15EX Super Eagles and 220 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2021 As the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct the 2020 class and announce the 2021 selections this weekend, here are the details Mavericks fans should keep in mind for Nowitzki’s future enshrinement. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 13 May 2021 The Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members on Wednesday in a ceremony at Hagerty High School. Buddy Collings,, 10 May 2021 The organization will induct young hockey player and fan Leighton Accardo into its Ring of Honor, her name and memory to always be seen and remembered inside Gila River Arena. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2021 When a group started the Hall of Fame almost five years ago, the decision was made to only induct three restaurants per class in order to keep the list exclusive. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 20 Mar. 2021 The same year saw Day join Lauryn Hill in Cleveland to induct the late Nina Simone into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Induct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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