In·duce v. t. [imp. & p. p. Induced p. pr. & vb. n. Inducing ]
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]
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.
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.
n : act of bringing about a desired result; "inducement of
sleep" [syn: inducement]