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Induce definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INDU'CE, v.t. [L. induco; in and duco, to lead.]
1. To lead, as by persuasion or argument; to prevail on; to incite; to influence by motives. The emperor could not be induced to take part in the contest.
2. To produce by influence.
As this belief is absolutely necessary for all mankind, the evidence for inducing it must be of that nature as to accommodate itself to all species of men.
3. To produce; to bring on; to cause; as a fever induced by extreme fatigue. The revolution in France has induced a change of opinions and of property.
4. To introduce; to bring into view.
The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad.
5. To offer by way of induction or inference. [Not used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: cause to arise; "induce a crisis" [syn: induce, bring on]
2: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make]
3: cause to occur rapidly; "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions" [syn: induce, stimulate, rush, hasten]
4: reason or establish by induction
5: produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes [syn: induce, induct]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (induced; inducing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French inducer, from Latin inducere, from in- + ducere to lead more at tow Date: 14th century 1. a. to move by persuasion or influence b. to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation 2. a. effect, cause b. to cause the formation of c. to produce (as an electric current) by induction 3. to determine by induction; specifically to infer from particulars

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 (often foll. by to + infin.) prevail on; persuade. 2 bring about; give rise to. 3 Med. bring on (labour) artificially, esp. by use of drugs. 4 Electr. produce (a current) by induction. 5 Physics cause (radioactivity) by bombardment. 6 infer; derive as a deduction. Derivatives: inducer n. inducible adj. Etymology: ME f. L inducere induct- (as IN-(2), ducere lead)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Induce In*duce", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Induced; p. pr. & vb. n. Inducing.] [L. inducere, inductum; pref. in- in + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Induct.] 1. To lead in; to introduce. [Obs.] The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad. --Pope.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(induces, inducing, induced) 1. To induce a state or condition means to cause it. Doctors said surgery could induce a heart attack. ...an economic crisis induced by high oil prices. VERB: V n, V-ed 2. If you induce someone to do something, you persuade or influence them to do it. More than 4,000 teachers were induced to take early retirement. = persuade VERB: be V-ed to-inf 3. If a doctor or nurse induces labour or birth, they cause a pregnant woman to start giving birth by using drugs or other medical means. (MEDICAL) He might decide that it is best to induce labour. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Influence, impel, move, prompt, actuate, instigate, persuade, urge, incite, spur, act upon, set on, weigh with, prevail on, prevail upon. 2. Cause, produce, effect, bring on.

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actuate, admonish, affect, argue, arouse, bend, bias, bring, bring about, bring around, bring forth, bring on, bring out, bring to light, cajole, call forth, call out, call up, carry, cause, caution, charge, coax, collect, color, conclude, contrive, convince, create, decide, deduce, derive, determine, dispose, drag out, draw, draw a conclusion, draw an inference, draw down, draw forth, draw on, draw out, educe, effect, egg on, elicit, encourage, engage, engender, enjoin, enlist, entice, evoke, exhort, expostulate, extract, fetch, find, gather, generate, get, get from, get out of, get to do, give rise to, glean, goad, impel, incite, incline, infer, influence, inspire, instigate, interest in, inveigle, issue a caveat, lead, lead to, lure, motivate, move, nudge, obtain, occasion, persuade, preach, predispose, press, prevail on, prevail upon, procure, prod, produce, prompt, provoke, push, reason, reason that, remonstrate, rouse, secure, seduce, set in motion, soften up, spur, stimulate, summon forth, summon up, superinduce, sway, take as proved, talk into, tempt, tinge, tone, urge, wangle, wangle out of, warn, wear down, weigh with, winkle out, work, work up, worm out, worm out of




 


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