Meaning of “induce” in the English Dictionary

"induce" in British English

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induceverb

uk /ɪnˈdʒuːs/ us /ɪnˈduːs/ 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.

(Definition of “induce” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"induce" in American English

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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 its natural time.

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

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induceverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈdjuːs/ us

to make something happen or to persuade someone to do something:

The aim of advertising is to induce brand loyalty.
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)