induce Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “induce” in the English Dictionary

"induce" in British English

See all translations

induceverb

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 ​promisingeditorialfreedom. Nothing could induce me (= I ​definitely cannot be ​persuaded) to ​climb a ​mountain/​ride a ​bike.
(Definition of induce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"induce" in American English

See all translations

induceverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈdus/
to ​persuade someone to do something, or to ​cause something to ​happen: They induced her to take the ​job by ​offering her a ​bonus. If ​doctors induce ​labor, they ​cause a ​baby to be ​born before ​itsnaturaltime.
inducement
noun [C]  us   /ɪnˈdus·mənt/
If you ​want me to ​stay, you’re going to have to ​offer me some inducement.
(Definition of induce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"induce" in Business English

See all translations

induceverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈdjuːs/
to make something ​happen or to persuade someone to do something: The ​aim of ​advertising is to induce ​brandloyalty.induce sb to do sth Salesmen may make untrue ​statements to ​try to induce you to ​buy the ​product.
(Definition of induce from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of induce?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“induce” in British English

“induce” in American English

Word of the Day

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More