American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To lead or move, as to a course of action, by influence or persuasion. See Synonyms at persuade.
- v. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of; cause: a drug used to induce labor.
- v. To infer by inductive reasoning.
- v. Physics To produce (an electric current or a magnetic charge) by induction.
- v. Physics To produce (radioactivity, for example) artificially by bombardment of a substance with neutrons, gamma rays, and other particles.
- v. Biochemistry To initiate or increase the production of (an enzyme or other protein) at the level of genetic transcription.
- v. Genetics To cause an increase in the transcription of the RNA of (a gene).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lead in; bring in; introduce.
- To draw on; place upon.
- To lead by persuasion or influence; prevail upon; incite.
- To lead to; bring about by persuasion or influence; bring on or produce in any way; cause: as, his mediation induced a compromise; opium induces sleep.
- In physics, to cause or produce by proximity without contact or apparent transmission, as a particular electric or magnetic condition in a body, by the approach of another body which is in an opposite electric or magnetic state.
- To infer by induction.
- Synonyms and Impel, Induce, etc. See actuate, and list under incite.
- v. transitive To lead by persuasion or influence; incite.
- v. transitive To cause, bring about, lead to.
- v. physics To cause or produce (electric current or a magnetic state) by a physical process of induction.
- v. transitive, logic To infer by induction.
- v. transitive, obsolete To lead in, bring in, introduce.
- v. transitive, obsolete To draw on, place upon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To lead in; to introduce.
- v. A Latinism To draw on; to overspread.
- v. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to persuade; to move by persuasion or influence.
- v. To bring on; to effect; to cause.
- v. (Physics) 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.
- v. (Logic) To generalize or conclude as an inference from all the particulars; -- the opposite of
- v. (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.
- v. produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
- v. reason or establish by induction
- v. cause to occur rapidly
- v. cause to arise
- v. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English inducen, from Old French inducer, from Latin indūcere : in-, in; + dūcere, to lead. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Up until that point, however, all I have to go on is the little pieces our host and others have quoted, and what I can induce from the counter-arguments that have been presented.”
“It would probably not be easy to again induce such decency in the populace – the devastatingly visible defeat in Vietnam was obviously a decisive factor, and we have no such luck with Iraq – but I do miss that aspect of those days.”
“But does his name induce thirst for a vodka martini?”
“He would fain induce me to believe I did not know my road.”
“There are books whose very titles induce guilt, since they're still lingering forlornly in the pile beside my bed.”
“Both terms induce an infinite reduction sequence, that is, an infinite chain of successive one-step reductions.”
“People are able to take an ovum, fertilize -- not fertilize it, let me say, jolt it, that is to say induce it to start growing, fuse it they call it -- fuse it so that it starts growing into cells.”
“One well-known quality of anti-depressants is their tendency to induce akathisia in a large number of patients, causing the kind of internal racing or restlessness that makes the meds impossible for some to take and, in some cases, can drive people to the edge of suicide.”
“Israel now needs its biggest friend in the world to "induce" it to take "yes" for an answer.”
“What's also wrong with this attack is that you can deduce (or "induce") from it that McCain is just campaigning now and once he gets elected, he'll go back to being the good guy that Joe praises.”
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