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.]


To lead in; to introduce.


The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad. Pope.


To draw on; to overspread. [A Latinism]



To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to move by persuasion or influence.


He is not obliged by your offer to do it, . . . though he may be induced, persuaded, prevailed upon, tempted. Paley.

Let not the covetous desire of growing rich induce you to ruin your reputation. Dryden.


To bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by fatigue or exposure.

Sour things induces a contraction in the nerves. Bacon.

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.

Syn. -- To move; instigate; urge; impel; incite; press; influence; actuate.


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