(?), 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.]
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1. To lead in; to introduce. [Obs.]
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The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad.
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2. To draw on; to overspread. [A Latinism] Cowper.
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3. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to persuade; to move by persuasion or influence. Shak.
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He is not obliged by your offer to do it, . . . though he may be induced, persuaded, prevailed upon, tempted.
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Let not the covetous desire of growing rich induce you to ruin your reputation.
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4. To bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by fatigue or exposure; anaphylactic shock induced by exposure to a allergen.
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Sour things induces a contraction in the nerves.
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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.
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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; influence; actuate.
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