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 formsre·in·duct, verb (used with object)un·in·duct·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for induct

Historical Examples of induct

  • Somebody else undertook to induct Solly into the pleasures of tree climbing.

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    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.

British Dictionary definitions for induct


verb (tr)

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 (def. 5), induce (def. 6)

Word Origin for induct

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

induct in Medicine




To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.
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