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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Many of these defenders were veterans, among the 370,000 black men inducted into the Army during World War I who hoped fighting for democracy abroad might finally secure their first-class citizenship at home. Ursula Wolfe-rocca, Teen Vogue, "The Red Summer of 1919, Explained," 8 Apr. 2019 The bitterness between the organization and Fedorov — and fans and Fedorov — appeared to subside in 2015 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 It's been 10 years since Tim Tebow led Florida to its most recent national championship and when the Gators host rival LSU on Oct. 6, everybody will be reminded of that team when Tebow gets inducted into the Ring of Honor. Khadrice Rollins,, "Florida Will Induct Tim Tebow Into Ring of Honor During LSU Game Oct. 6," 11 July 2018 Nevertheless, Thome will be honored before Thursday’s game at Citizens Bank Park, a warm-up for when he is inducted next month into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Scott Lauber,, "How Phillies' Pat Neshek (remember him?) could boost bullpen | Extra Innings," 14 June 2018 Donovan was at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, last weekend when UConn assistant coach Chris Dailey was inducted., "Hall Of Famer, Gold Medalist Anne Donovan Dies; Coached Sun," 13 June 2018 Museum board members Don Baldaseroni and Carey Briggs were recently presented the trophy when Jeffries was inducted posthumously into the National Boxing Hall of Fame. Joyce Rudolph,, "Community: New exhibit piece at Burbank museum is a real knockout," 4 June 2018 Last October, he was inducted into the Miami Hurricanes Ring of Honor along with Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin, the late Sean Taylor and Reed. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Three Canes greats, including a UM coach, on 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot," 4 June 2018 Finally in 2008, the Hall reinstated him and he was inducted. Ron Higgins,, "Billy Cannon, LSU's only Heisman Trophy winner, dies at age 80," 20 May 2018

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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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