What does induce mean?

Definitions for induceɪnˈdus, -ˈdyus

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word induce.

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


  1. Induce(v. t.)

    (Logic) To generalize or conclude as an inference from all the particulars; -- the opposite of deduce.7. (Genetics, Biochemistry) To cause the expression of (a gene or gene product) by affecting a transcription control element on the genome, either by inhibiting a negative control or by activating a positive control; to derepress; as, lactose induces the production of beta-galactosidase in Eschericia coli..

  2. Induce(v. t.)

    To bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by fatigue or exposure; anaphylactic shock induced by exposure to a allergen.

  3. Origin: [L. inducere, inductum; pref. in- in + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Induct.]


  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

  7. Origin: [L. inducere, inductum; pref. in- in + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Induct.]


  1. Induce

    Ryan Smith, better known by his stage name Induce, is a Los Angeles-based American DJ, music producer, singer, and writer. He works in a variety of musical genres, particularly hip hop, rap, and soul, and has won regional and national recognition for his DJing and singing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Induce

    in-dūs′, v.t. to prevail on: to cause or produce in any way: (obs.) to place upon: (physics) to cause, as an electric state, by mere proximity of surfaces.—ns. Induce′ment, that which induces or causes: incentive, motive: (law) a statement of facts introducing other important facts; Induc′er.—adj. Indū′cible.—Induced current (elect.), a current set in action by the influence of the surrounding magnetic field, or by the variation of an adjacent current. [L. inducĕre, inductumin, into, ducĕre, to lead.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of induce in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of induce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josie Feria:

    Everything that helps induce relaxation, not just sleep, helps.

  2. Kang Lee:

    So we asked, what are the side effects? Can we induce lying by training theory of mind?

  3. Lisa Drayer:

    It seems to induce cravings and hunger that are comparable in magnitude to addictive drugs.

  4. Susan Hough:

    Deep injection of waste water, now recognized to potentially induce earthquakes, in fact began in the state in the 1930s.

  5. Daniel Patrick Moynihan:

    Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire.

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