Induce Definition

ĭn-do͝os, -dyo͝os
induced, induces, inducing
induced, induces, inducing
To lead on to some action, condition, belief, etc.; prevail on; persuade.
Webster's New World
To bring on; bring about; cause; effect.
To induce vomiting with an emetic.
Webster's New World
To infer by inductive reasoning.
American Heritage
To draw (a general rule or conclusion) from particular facts; infer by induction.
Webster's New World
To produce (an electric current or a magnetic charge) by induction.
American Heritage

Origin of Induce

  • 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

  • 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


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