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induce

verb uk   /ɪnˈdjuːs/ us    /-ˈduːs/ formal

induce verb (PERSUADE)

[T + obj + to infinitive ] to persuade someone to do something: They induced her to take the job by promising editorial freedom. Nothing could induce me (= I definitely cannot be persuaded) to climb a mountain/ride a bike.

induce verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause something to happen: Pills for seasickness often induce drowsiness. [T] to use a drug to make a pregnant woman start giving birth: In this hospital, twins are often induced.
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