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

  • transitive v. To place ceremoniously or formally in an office or a position; install: a service to induct the new president of the university.
  • transitive v. To admit as a member; receive.
  • transitive v. To admit to military service: a draftee waiting to be inducted into the army.
  • transitive v. To introduce, as to new experience or knowledge; initiate: She was inducted into the ways of the legal profession.
  • transitive v. Physics To induce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring in; to introduce; to usher in.
  • transitive v. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Middle English inducten, from Latin indūcere, induct-; see induce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1350–1400 from Middle English induct, from Latin inductus, perfect passive participle of indūcō, equivalent to induce + -tus (past participle suffix). (Wiktionary)



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