Definitions for induceɪnˈdus, -ˈdyus

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•duce*ɪnˈdus, -ˈdyus(v.t.)-duced, -duc•ing.

  1. to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind:

    Induce him to stay.

  2. to bring about or cause:

    It induces sleep.

  3. to produce (an electric current) by induction.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  4. Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.

    Category: Philosphy

  5. Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system.

    Category: Genetics

  6. Biochem. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, esp. an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.

    Category: Biochemistry

* Syn: See persuade.

Origin of induce:

1325–75; ME < L indūcere to lead or bring in, introduce =in-in-2+dūcere to lead

in•duc′i•ble(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. induce, bring on(verb)

    cause to arise

    "induce a crisis"

  2. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make(verb)

    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

    "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

  3. induce, stimulate, rush, hasten(verb)

    cause to occur rapidly

    "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"

  4. induce(verb)

    reason or establish by induction

  5. induce, induct(verb)

    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes

Wiktionary

  1. induce(Verb)

    to lead by persuasion or influence; incite

  2. induce(Verb)

    to cause, bring about, lead to

  3. induce(Verb)

    to cause or produce (electric current or a magnetic state) by a physical process of induction

  4. induce(Verb)

    to infer by induction.

  5. induce(Verb)

    to lead in, bring in, introduce

  6. induce(Verb)

    to draw on, place upon

  7. Origin: From enducen, from inducere, present active infinitive of induco, from in + duco. Compare also abduce, adduce, conduce, deduce, produce, reduce etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Induce(verb)

    to lead in; to introduce

  2. Induce(verb)

    to draw on; to overspread

  3. Induce(verb)

    to lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to move by persuasion or influence

  4. Induce(verb)

    to bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by fatigue or exposure

  5. Induce(verb)

    to produce, or cause, by proximity without contact or transmission, as a particular electric or magnetic condition in a body, by the approach of another body in an opposite electric or magnetic state

  6. Induce(verb)

    to generalize or conclude as an inference from all the particulars; -- the opposite of deduce

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'induce' in Verbs Frequency: #681

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