induce

[in-doos, -dyoos]
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verb (used with object), in·duced, in·duc·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
  3. Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
  4. Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
  5. Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
  6. Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.

Origin of induce

1325–75; Middle English < Latin indūcere to lead or bring in, introduce, equivalent to in- in-2 + dūcere to lead; cf. adduce, deduce, reduce
Related formsin·duc·i·ble, adjectivenon·in·duced, adjectivenon·in·duc·i·ble, adjectivepre·in·duce, verb (used with object), pre·in·duced, pre·in·duc·ing.qua·si-in·duced, adjectivere·in·duce, verb (used with object), re·in·duced, re·in·duc·ing.un·in·duced, adjectiveun·in·duc·i·ble, adjective
Can be confusedadduce deduce induce

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  • My object in calling upon him was to induce him to do me justice at last.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • No consideration can induce me to marry against my inclinations.

  • But on this point it was difficult to induce the Pope to listen to reason.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for induce

induce

verb (tr)
  1. (often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
  2. to cause or bring about
  3. med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
  4. logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
  5. to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
  6. to transmit (magnetism) by induction
Derived Formsinducer, nouninducible, adjective

Word Origin for induce

C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for induce
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

induce in Medicine

induce

[ĭn-dōōs]
v.
  1. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
  2. To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
  3. To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.
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