AskDefine | Define induce

Dictionary Definition



1 cause to arise; "induce a crisis" [syn: 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: stimulate, cause, have, get, make]
3 cause to occur rapidly; "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions" [syn: stimulate, rush, hasten]
4 reason or establish by induction
5 produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes [syn: induct]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɪnˈdjuːs/, /In"dju:s/
    Rhymes with: -uːs


From inducere < in- + ducere.


  1. to cause; persuade; force.



to cause; persuade; force
  • Finnish: aiheuttaa, aikaansaada, houkutella



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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