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[in-duhkt] /ɪnˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to install in an office, benefice, position, etc., especially with formal ceremonies:
The committee inducted her as president.
to introduce, especially to something requiring special knowledge or experience; initiate (usually followed by to or into):
They inducted him into the mystic rites of the order.
to take (a draftee) into military service; draft.
to bring in as a member:
to induct a person into a new profession.
Origin of induct
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin inductus past participle of indūcere, equivalent to induc- (see induce) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
reinduct, verb (used with object)
uninducted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for induct
Historical Examples
  • Somebody else undertook to induct Solly into the pleasures of tree climbing.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • With the utmost caution I proceeded to induct myself into the driver's seat.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • The object of the lesson is to induct the pupil into a mode in which she can obtain complete mastery over her horse.

    The Barb and the Bridle Vielle Moustache
  • I can induct sounds from the Blind Spot; I can induct light, or visibility; or any given object or person, in toto.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • We must, therefore, extend the statutory authority to induct men for two years of military service.

  • To love without hope, immaculately, would be perfect if it did not induct such brainstorms.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • We have learned that what was actually intended at this time was, not to ordain, but only to induct our schoolmasters.

British Dictionary definitions for induct


verb (transitive)
to bring in formally or install in an office, place, etc; invest
foll by to or into. to initiate in knowledge (of)
(US) to enlist for military service; conscript
(physics) another word for induce (sense 5), induce (sense 6)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inductus led in, past participle of indūcere to introduce; see induce
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Word Origin and History for induct

late 14c., from Latin inductus, past participle of inducere "to lead" (see induce). Originally of church offices; sense of "bring into military service" is 1934 in American English. Related: Inducted; inducting.

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induct in Medicine

induct in·duct (ĭn-dŭkt')
v. in·duct·ed, in·duct·ing, in·ducts
To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.

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