- to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind: to induce a person to buy a raffle ticket.
- to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
- Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
- Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
- Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
- Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.
Origin of induce
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Examples from the Web for induce
My doctor put me on oral contraceptives to induce a period, figuring it would help build bone.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
When he says something, nod; this nodding will induce him to agree with you.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
The question is how to prevent the latter and induce the former.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
The higher levels of carbon dioxide will induce something of a feeding frenzy for plants, at least for a while.Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies
May 14, 2014
The next day, the enforcer made the girl “to ingest pills designed to induce spontaneous abortion.”Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?
March 17, 2014
My object in calling upon him was to induce him to do me justice at last.Brave and Bold
No consideration can induce me to marry against my inclinations.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
But on this point it was difficult to induce the Pope to listen to reason.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I wonder wind can induce your Excellency to talk such nonsense!Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I wish I could induce you to treat me a little more generously.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
- to cause or bring about
- med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
- logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
- to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
- to transmit (magnetism) by induction
Word Origin and History for induce
late 14c., "to lead by persuasions or other influences," from Latin inducere "lead into, bring in, introduce, conduct, persuade," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "to bring about," of concrete situations, etc., is from early 15c.; sense of "to infer by reasoning" is from 1560s. Electro-magnetic sense first recorded 1777. Related: Induced; inducing.
- To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
- To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
- To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.