Definition and Meanings for induce

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Part of Speech of induce

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of induce

l. inducere, inductum; pref. in- in + ducere to lead. see duke, and cf. induct

Meaning of induce


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to lead in; to introduce.
  • to draw on; to overspread.
  • to lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to persuade; to move by persuasion or influence.
  • to bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by fatigue or exposure; anaphylactic shock induced by exposure to a allergen.
  • to produce, or cause, by proximity without contact or transmission, as a particular electric or magnetic condition in a body, by the approach of another body in an opposite electric or magnetic state.
  • to generalize or conclude as an inference from all the particulars; -- the opposite of deduce.
  • to cause the expression of (a gene or gene product) by affecting a transcription control element on the genome, either by inhibiting a negative control or by activating a positive control; to derepress; as, lactose induces the production of beta-galactosidase in eschericia coli..
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