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)

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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 Orr, who was voted top defenseman eight times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979, is now a prominent agent. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Hockey legend Bobby Orr calls firing of analyst Don Cherry disgraceful," 15 Nov. 2019 The Grammy award-winning songwriter also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Diane Warren to Receive 2019 Honorary Clio Entertainment Award," 5 Nov. 2019 Guy went on to graduate magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State College with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education and was inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau, an International Honor Society for Technology., "Guy Lamont Swanton," 31 Oct. 2019 In 12 seasons, Bell made nine Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "In Super Bowl IV, Bobby Bell had something to prove to Vikings," 29 Oct. 2019 Ty Law played for the Wolverines from 1992-1994 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan great Ty Law's message for Wolverines: Believe in yourself," 26 Oct. 2019 About Sexist Backlash Continuing to showcase her skills today, Mendoza signed a multi-year contract with ESPN in 2018 and was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame. Georgia Slater,, "#SeeHer Story Recognizes Olympic Gold Medalist and Baseball Pioneer Jessica Mendoza," 25 Oct. 2019 Thames became Mountain West player of the year as a senior, was taken in the NBA Draft and last Friday was inducted into the SDSU Hall of Fame. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs picked 2nd in Mountain West preseason basketball poll," 15 Oct. 2019 Bowlen died in June at 75 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "“Pat Bowlen Day”: City of Denver to honor late Broncos owner on Wednesday," 7 Oct. 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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The first known use of induct was in the 14th century

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19 Nov 2019

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“Induct.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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