Definition of induce in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈd(y)o͞os/


[with object]
1Succeed in persuading or influencing (someone) to do something: [with object and infinitive]: the pickets induced many workers to stay away
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  • You should receive much more - like 9 per cent - to induce you to move from a riskless to a high-risk investment in stock funds.
  • My father tried to induce me to learn Arabic poetry by heart, encouraged me, gave me prizes - also for knowledge in astronomy.
  • By inducing us to look for the aesthetic features of things, the sense of beauty attracts us to what is most distinctive and individual in the objects we love.
persuade, convince, prevail upon, get, make, prompt, move, inspire, influence, encourage, motivate;
coax into, wheedle into, cajole into, talk into, prod into
informal twist someone's arm
2Bring about or give rise to: none of these measures induced a change of policy
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  • Dried hops are soft and sweet smelling with a natural narcotic effect that will induce restful sleep, while lavender flowers and rose petals are refreshingly fragrant.
  • This herb has been proven to induce sleep and have a sedative effect, which can help pain sufferers sleep better.
  • Cortisol levels can be elevated for a variety of reasons - hardcore training itself can induce this rise.
bring about, cause, produce, effect, create, give rise to, generate, instigate, engender, occasion, set in motion, lead to, result in, trigger, whip up, stir up, kindle, arouse, rouse, foster, promote, encourage
literary beget, enkindle
rare effectuate
2.1Produce (an electric charge or current or a magnetic state) by induction.
Example sentences
  • Naturally occurring variations in the Earth's magnetic field induce eddy currents in the Earth that are detectable as electric field variations on the surface.
  • According to Faraday's laws of electromagnetic induction, a changing magnetic field can induce electric current to flow in any conductive structure nearby.
  • In 1831, Michael Faraday showed that a moving magnet could induce an electric current in a wire - the basis of an electric generator.
2.2 (usually as adjective induced) Physics Cause (radioactivity) by bombardment with radiation.
Example sentences
  • The energy levels of the gamma rays are too low to induce radioactivity.
3 Medicine Bring on (the birth of a baby) artificially, typically by the use of drugs.
3.1Bring on childbirth in (a pregnant woman) artificially, typically by the use of drugs.
Example sentences
  • My waters had broken at home and they'd been trying to induce me but nothing was happening at all so I wasn't surprised when they said I'd need a caesarean section.
  • Eventually, doctors managed to stabilise her condition and when she turned 36 weeks pregnant, induced her.
  • Apparently I was induced when they realised my Mum had high blood pressure.
4 Logic Derive by inductive reasoning.
Example sentences
  • Moreover, Galileo approved Aristotle's position that explanatory principles must be induced from the data of sense experience.
  • In fact, this is how the Pyrrhonists treated all sceptical arguments: as intended to induce suspension of judgement, not assent to a negative, epistemological conclusion.



Pronunciation: /inˈd(y)o͞osər/
Example sentences
  • Some drinks such as beer, fruit wine and rice wine contain an additional headache inducer, tyramine.
  • All of the rifamycins are inducers of a variety of metabolic pathways, particularly those involving the various isozymes of the cytochrome P450 system.
  • In a series of studies, they have shown that photosensitizers that localize in mitochondria are very efficient inducers of apoptosis.


Pronunciation: /inˈd(y)o͞osəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In the eukaryotic genome, SP1 binding sites are well-known enhancer elements in genes with ubiquitous, yet inducible gene expression.
  • Briefly, if pests attack infrequently and defense chemicals are energetically costly, selection should favor low basal levels but high inducible levels.
  • However, antigen testing may yield false-negative results due to the phenomenon of inducible resistance and depend on the presence of cultured isolates.


Late Middle English (formerly also as enduce): from Latin inducere 'lead in', from in- 'into' + ducere 'to lead', or from French enduire. Compare with endue.

  • duct from mid 17th century:

    Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.

Words that rhyme with induce

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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Syllabification: in·duce

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