[syn: induce, induct]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
2. To draw on; to overspread. [A Latinism] --Cowper.
3. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to
persuade; to move by persuasion or influence. --Shak.
He is not obliged by your offer to do it, . . .
though he may be induced, persuaded, prevailed upon,
Let not the covetous desire of growing rich induce
you to ruin your reputation. --Dryden.
4. To bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by
fatigue or exposure; anaphylactic shock induced by
exposure to a allergen.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Sour things induces a contraction in the nerves.
5. (Physics) 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.
6. (Logic) To generalize or conclude as an inference from all
the particulars; -- the opposite of deduce.
7. (Genetics, Biochemistry) 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..
Syn: To move; instigate; urge; impel; incite; press;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: cause to arise; "induce a crisis" [syn: induce, bring
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,
4: reason or establish by induction
5: produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic
processes [syn: induce, induct]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
127 Moby Thesaurus words for "induce":
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