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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.
  3. to take (a draftee) into military service; draft.
  4. to bring in as a member: to induct a person into a new profession.
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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
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Examples from the Web for inducting

Historical Examples

  • The number of the rubbers corresponds to that of the inducting poles.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884


  • Can you, in return, point out to me any way of inducting them to hold their tongues?

    You Never Can Tell

    George Bernard Shaw

  • They are held with the purpose of inducting boys into the privileges of manhood and into the full life of the group.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

  • There are certain happy accidents which have the power of inducting man for a moment into this richer and more vital world.

    Practical Mysticism

    Evelyn Underhill

  • The wire of the inducting current is wound directly around this core.

British Dictionary definitions for inducting


verb (tr)
  1. to bring in formally or install in an office, place, etc; invest
  2. (foll by to or into) to initiate in knowledge (of)
  3. US to enlist for military service; conscript
  4. physics another word for induce (def. 5), induce (def. 6)
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin inductus led in, past participle of indūcere to introduce; see induce
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Word Origin and History for inducting



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.

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inducting in Medicine


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