What does induce mean?

Definitions for induce
ɪnˈdus, -ˈdyusin·duce

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. induce, bring onverb

    cause to arise

    "induce a crisis"

  2. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, makeverb

    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, hastenverb

    cause to occur rapidly

    "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"

  4. induceverb

    reason or establish by induction

  5. induce, inductverb

    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes


  1. Induceverb

    (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. Induceverb

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


  1. induceverb

    to lead by persuasion or influence; incite

  2. induceverb

    to cause, bring about, lead to

  3. induceverb

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

  4. induceverb

    to infer by induction.

  5. induceverb

    to lead in, bring in, introduce

  6. induceverb

    to draw on, place upon

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INDUCEverb

    Etymology: induire, Fr. induco, Latin.

    The self-same argument in this kind, which doth but induce the vulgar sort to like, may constrain the wiser to yield. Hook.

    This lady, albeit she was furnished with many excellent endowments both of nature and education, yet would she never be induced to entertain marriage with any. John Hayward.

    Desire with thee still longer to converse
    Induc'd me. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    Let not the covetous design of growing rich induce you to ruin your reputation, but rather satisfy yourself with a moderate fortune; and let your thoughts be wholly taken up with acquiring to yourself a glorious name. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Let the vanity of the times be restrained, which the neighbourhood of other nations have induced, and we strive apace to exceed our pattern. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    As this belief is absolutely necessary to all mankind, the evidence for inducing it must be of that nature as to accommodate itself to all species of men. Duncan Forbes.

    They play much upon the simile, or illustrative argumentation, to induce their enthymemes unto the people, and take up popular conceits. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    This induces a general change of opinion, concerning the person or party like to be obeyed by the greatest or strongest part of the people. William Temple.

    Sour things induce a contraction in the nerves, placed in the mouth of the stomach, which is a great cause of appetite. Francis Bacon.

    Acidity, as it is not the natural state of the animal fluids, but induced by aliment, is to be cured by aliment with the contrary qualities. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    To exprobrate their stupidity, he induceth the providence of storks: now, if the bird had been unknown, the illustration had been obscure, and the exprobration not so proper. Brown.

    The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad, where he discovers their humours, interests, and designs. Alexander Pope.

    Schism is marked out by the apostle as a kind of petrifying crime, which induces that induration to which the fearful expectation of wrath is consequent. Decay of Piety.


  1. induce

    Induce generally means to bring about, cause, or stimulate. It can involve influencing or persuading someone to do something, or creating a particular condition or behavior. The term is often used in various fields such as science, medicine, and mathematics, with slightly different connotations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Induceverb

    to lead in; to introduce

  2. Induceverb

    to draw on; to overspread

  3. Induceverb

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

  4. Induceverb

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

  5. Induceverb

    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. Induceverb

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

  7. Etymology: [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.]

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

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  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

Examples of induce in a Sentence

  1. Edward Dahlberg:

    The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent.

  2. Francis Conidi:

    If I hit you straight on with a baseball bat, I would not induce concussion, i would probably fracture your skull, but I would not concuss it.

  3. Jamie Grifo:

    If women are not ovulating, it's a relatively simple fix, you can usually fix it with oral meds that induce ovulation. There are also injectable forms. If that's the only problem, it's a very effective form of treatment.

  4. Daniel Patrick Moynihan:

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

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    We may perceive silence as hell or feel it as stilled happiness that brings us into harmony with our individuality. Some atoms or particles of sounds can, nonetheless, coincide with silence and create a mood of soothing relief. So, can the gentle roaring of the waves induce calmness and open another dimension to a cosmic experience. (“Sounds of silence”)

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    relating to or involving money
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. flabby
    • C. askant
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