induce

[ in-doos, -dyoos ]
/ ɪnˈdus, -ˈdyus /

verb (used with object), in·duced, in·duc·ing.

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

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 forms

Can be confused

adduce deduce induce
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British Dictionary definitions for induce

induce

/ (ɪnˈdjuːs) /

verb (tr)

(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

Derived Forms

inducer, nouninducible, adjective

Word Origin for induce

C14: from Latin indūcere to lead in, from dūcere to lead
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Medicine definitions for induce

induce

[ ĭn-dōōs ]

v.

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.

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