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
The American Dental Association Health Policy Institute reported this fall that grinding and clenching cases are up nearly 60 percent and that dentists are seeing 53 percent more cracked teeth than they did last year — all largely stress-induced.The pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon. And our bodies are feeling the stress. | Petula Dvorak | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Unfortunately, during the pandemic, it can also be anxiety-inducing.You have until Nov. 22 to visit these six Smithsonian museums. Here’s what to expect. | Kelsey Ables | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
To show this vaccine technology is able to induce these responses — in the age group most at risk from severe Covid-19 disease — offers hope that vaccine efficacy will be similar in younger and older adults.Oxford says COVID-19 vaccine has produced strong immune response ahead of late-stage trial results | kdunn6 | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
Mark Bleacher Report down as yet another publisher pivoting hard in an attempt to ride the e-commerce wave through, and past, the present coronavirus-induced revenue generation and programming turbulence.Bleacher Report is drafting a commerce strategy that’s growth plan hinges on fan fervor for exclusive merchandise | Kayleigh Barber | November 19, 2020 | Digiday
The vaccines induce human cells to make the spike protein, and the immune system then makes antibodies to latch onto the spike proteins.Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective | Erin Garcia de Jesus | November 16, 2020 | Science News
Often Socratic conversation induces utter confusion—the ancient Greek word is aporia—and ends with no clear solution to a problem.The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around | Nick Romeo | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Except that, no matter how safe it is, flying induces a strange insecurity of its own that seems never to go away.
I work in television, a business that both induces and enables mental illness.‘LA Shrinks’: A Television Writer Discovers His Shrink Is on a Bravo Reality Show | Mike Chessler | April 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Studies show that the full-body pressure hug machines exert induces deep calm in people with autism.
To the increasing number of kids now smoking it, PCP induces a psychotic state with symptoms that resemble schizophrenia.
It is enough if the defendant induces an ill opinion to be held of the plaintiff, or to make him contemptible or ridiculous.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
He then lies down, and if undisturbed, rests quietly till the proper hour induces him again to look for his accustomed rations.Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
I fell to fingering these with the same impulse of thoughtlessness that induces people to bite their finger-nails.A Little Union Scout | Joel Chandler Harris
First, personal kindness in the teacher induces a reciprocal quality in the pupils.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
What induces this armed pursuit, and this arrest of fugitives, of all ages and both sexes?Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
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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