[ in-duhkt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to install in an office, benefice, position, etc., especially with formal ceremonies: The committee inducted her as president.

  2. 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.

  1. to take (a draftee) into military service; draft.

  2. to bring in as a member: to induct a person into a new profession.

Origin of induct

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin inductus, past participle of indūcere, equivalent to induc- “to introduce, lead in” + -tus past participle suffix; see induce

Other words from induct

  • re·in·duct, verb (used with object)
  • un·in·duct·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use induct in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for induct


/ (ɪnˈdʌkt) /

  1. to bring in formally or install in an office, place, etc; invest

  2. (foll by to or into) to initiate in knowledge (of)

  1. US to enlist for military service; conscript

  2. physics another word for induce (def. 5), induce (def. 6)

Origin of induct

C14: from Latin inductus led in, past participle of indūcere to introduce; see induce

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