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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lead in; to introduce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw on; to overspread. [A Latinism] --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to persuade; to move by persuasion or influence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He is not obliged by your offer to do it, . . . though he may be induced, persuaded, prevailed upon, tempted. --Paley. [1913 Webster]

Let not the covetous desire of growing rich induce you to ruin your reputation. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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}.. [PJC]

Syn: To move; instigate; urge; impel; incite; press; influence; actuate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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