Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position; install.
  • transitive verb To admit as a member; receive.
  • transitive verb To admit to military service.
  • transitive verb To introduce, as to new experience or knowledge; initiate.
  • transitive verb Physics To induce.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To introduce; initiate.
  • To introduce, especially into an office or employment; put formally in possession; inaugurate or install.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bring in; to introduce; to usher in.
  • transitive verb To introduce, as to a benefice or office; to put in actual possession of the temporal rights of an ecclesiastical living, or of any other office, with the customary forms and ceremonies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to formally or ceremoniously install in an office, position, et cetera.
  • verb to introduce into (particularly if certain knowledge or experience is required, such as ritual adulthood or cults).
  • verb to draft into military service.
  • verb to bring in as a member.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb admit as a member
  • verb produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
  • verb place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
  • verb introduce or initiate
  • verb accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English inducten, from Latin indūcere, induct-; see induce.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originated 1350–1400 from Middle English induct, from Latin inductus, perfect passive participle of indūcō, equivalent to induce + -tus (past participle suffix).

Examples

  • The biggest scandal in baseball at the moment is the Baseball Hall of Fame's failure -- for the fourth time -- to induct Marvin Miller, who freed players from indentured servitude.

    Peter Dreier: Baseball's Error: No Marvin Miller in the Hall of Fame

  • If your goals are defined in terms of a collaborative task outcome (as in football) then everyone brings to the task their particualr skills, and it is in the interests of those with many skills to induct those with fewer.

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  • Renschler said Daimler has no plan to induct an Indian equity partner in its wholly owned unit, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt.

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  • A couple of pages later, he is discussing whether to induct Nowitzki into the “42 Club,” which is named for a strange (but helpful) statistical formula that Simmons himself has created.

    The Enthusiast

  • Tyler's apparent change of mind makes me want to start a Spence Club for believers in the signaling model of education (analogous to Mankiw's Pigou Club) and induct Tyler - or at least his Inner Economist - as the second member.

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  • Schilling announced his retirement this spring, and as the Hall of Fame prepares to induct its newest class, many observers are already looking ahead to 2013, when both he and Clemens will be on the ballot for the first time.

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  • I got to induct Frank R. Paul into the Hall of Fame last year, and it was a thrilling, incredible experience.

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  • Video evidence of the event shows Keith looking sick to his stomach and cackling like a hyena at the absurdity of his mission, and doing it right in the heavily-bearded faces of the band he was to induct into this laughing stock of an embalming center.

    James Campion: Why the F#@! Isn't Kiss in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  • India wants to acquire the fighter jets to modernize its ageing fleet of MiG-21s--dating back to the 1960s--as Pakistan and China induct new planes.

    India May Sign Fighter Jet Deal by March

  • A couple of pages later, he is discussing whether to induct Nowitzki into the “42 Club,” which is named for a strange (but helpful) statistical formula that Simmons himself has created.

    The Enthusiast

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