Induce meaning

ĭn-do͝os, -dyo͝os
Induce is defined as to cause something to happen or lead to some action.

An example of induce is someone sticking their finger down their throat to make themself vomit.

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To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of; cause.

A drug used to induce labor.

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To lead or move, as to a course of action, by influence or persuasion.
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To lead on to some action, condition, belief, etc.; prevail on; persuade.
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To infer by inductive reasoning.
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(genetics) To cause an increase in the transcription of the RNA of (a gene).
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(biochemistry) To initiate or increase the production of (an enzyme or other protein) at the level of genetic transcription.
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To bring on; bring about; cause; effect.

To induce vomiting with an emetic.

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To draw (a general rule or conclusion) from particular facts; infer by induction.
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(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.
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To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
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To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
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To lead by persuasion or influence; incite.
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To cause, bring about, lead to.

His meditation induced a compromise. Opium induces sleep.

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(physics) To cause or produce (electric current or a magnetic state) by a physical process of induction.
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(logic) To infer by induction.
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Origin of induce

  • Middle English inducen from Old French inducer from Latin indūcere in- in in–2 dūcere to lead deuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English enducen, from Latin indūcere, present active infinitive of indūcō (“lead in, bring in, introduce”), from in + dūcō (“lead, conduct”). Compare also abduce, adduce, conduce, deduce, produce, reduce etc.

    From Wiktionary