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.
The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad.Pope.
2. To draw on; to overspread.
3. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to persuade; 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.
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.
(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.
(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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