An example of induce is someone sticking their finger down their throat to make themself vomit.
- to lead on to some action, condition, belief, etc.; prevail on; persuade
- to bring on; bring about; cause; effect: to induce vomiting with an emetic
- to draw (a general rule or conclusion) from particular facts; infer by induction
- Physics to bring about (an electric or magnetic effect) in a body by exposing it to the influence or variation of a field of force
Origin of induceMiddle English enducen ; from Classical Latin inducere ; from in-, in + ducere, to lead: see duct
transitive verbin·duced, in·duc·ing, in·duc·es
- To lead or move, as to a course of action, by influence or persuasion. See Synonyms at persuade.
- To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of; cause: a drug used to induce labor.
- To infer by inductive reasoning.
- Physics a. To produce (an electric current or a magnetic charge) by induction.b. To produce (radioactivity, for example) artificially by bombardment of a substance with neutrons, gamma rays, and other particles.
- Biochemistry To initiate or increase the production of (an enzyme or other protein) at the level of genetic transcription.
- Genetics To cause an increase in the transcription of the RNA of (a gene).
Origin of induceMiddle English inducen, from Old French inducer, from Latin ind&umacron;cere : in-, in; see in–2 + d&umacron;cere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present induces, present participle inducing, simple past and past participle induced)