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.
- in·duc·i·ble, adjective
- non·in·duc·i·ble, adjective
- pre·in·duce, verb (used with object), pre·in·duced, pre·in·duc·ing.
- re·in·duce, verb (used with object), re·in·duced, re·in·duc·ing.
- un·in·duc·i·ble, adjective
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How to use induce in a sentence
Experiments that attempt to induce acclimatization by exposing people to cold repeatedly have produced mixed and mostly negative results.
After struggling to get into game shape through early January, he was one of six players in the league’s coronavirus protocols during the Wizards’ two-week, virus-induced pause.Alex Len helps the Wizards fight off the Bulls with a late defensive stand | Ava Wallace | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Bitcoin has skyrocketed almost 800% from a low in March 2020, when financial markets plunged amid concerns about a global pandemic-induced recession.What Tesla’s big move into crypto assets did to the price of Bitcoin | John Detrixhe | February 8, 2021 | Quartz
If only Bezos had tried to induce yawns as an employer, too.Weekend edition—Jeff Bezos’s unfinished business, pandemic-style Super Bowl, emoji capitalism | Susan Howson | February 6, 2021 | Quartz
If only Bezos had tried to induce yawns not just as an inventor but also as an employer.The unfinished business Jeff Bezos leaves behind at Amazon | Lila MacLellan | February 3, 2021 | Quartz
My doctor put me on oral contraceptives to induce a period, figuring it would help build bone.
When he says something, nod; this nodding will induce him to agree with you.
The question is how to prevent the latter and induce the former.
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 | Kent Sepkowitz | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Olivia Nuzzi | March 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This has a warm though a thin soil, which must be highly favorable to the Vine to induce so exclusive a devotion to it.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
But this time, with all his cunning and perspiration, he could not induce another throb in the tired engines.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Teachers often complain that they can never induce some of their pupils to ask questions on their tasks.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The Americans will endeavour by all imaginable means to induce us to help them against Spain.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Aristide prayed that some Thaïs might come along, cast her spell upon him, and induce him to wink.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for induce
(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
- inducer, noun
- inducible, adjective
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