To induce is to move or lead someone to action. A promise of a lollipop can induce a toddler to do just about anything, even sit down and be polite to Aunt Edna. Older kids need something more substantial.

Some people believe that if you offer someone a large enough sum of money, you could induce them to do almost anything. But a movie heroine might say to the villain, "Nothing could induce me to marry you. Not all the money in the world. Not if you were the last man on Earth!" Induce also means to stimulate the occurrence of something, such as medications used to induce vomiting, or to induce a pregnant woman to go into labor.

Definitions of induce
  1. verb
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
    “The ads induced me to buy a VCR”
    synonyms: cause, get, have, make, stimulate
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    cause to decide
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
    induce or persuade
    incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
    spur on
    actively cause something to happen
    cause to undertake a certain action
    inspire, instigate, prompt
    serve as the inciting cause of
    induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
    force, thrust
    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
    pressure or urge someone into an action
    bring around, bring round
    cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
    persuade through constant efforts
    persuade somebody to accept something
    chat up
    talk to someone with the aim of persuading him
    talk into
    persuade somebody to do something
    rope in
    draw in as if with a rope; lure
    blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    convert, convince, win over
    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
    persuade completely, often through coercion
    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
    assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
    charm, influence, tempt
    induce into action by using one's charm
    use persuasion successfully
    persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
    try presumptuously
    make walk
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    clamor, clamour
    compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
    compel or force into a particular state or activity
    compel through a sense of shame
    apply, enforce, implement
    ensure observance of laws and rules
    enforce, impose
    compel to behave in a certain way
  2. verb
    cause to arise
    induce a crisis”
    synonyms: bring on
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    bring forth, generate
    bring into existence
  3. verb
    cause to occur rapidly
    synonyms: hasten, rush, stimulate
  4. verb
    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
    synonyms: induct
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    achieve, beget, bring about, give rise, produce
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
  5. verb
    reason or establish by induction
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    conclude, reason, reason out
    decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
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