induce

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.

Primary Meanings of induce

1.
v
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
2.
v
reason or establish by induction
Full Definitions of induce
1

v cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

“The ads induced me to buy a VCR”
Synonyms:
cause, get, have, make, stimulate
Types:
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decide
cause to decide
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
bring
induce or persuade
solicit
incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
encourage
spur on
let
actively cause something to happen
lead
cause to undertake a certain action
inspire, instigate, prompt
serve as the inciting cause of
suborn
induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
force, thrust
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
hustle
pressure or urge someone into an action
bring around, bring round
cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
badger
persuade through constant efforts
sell
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
brainwash
persuade completely, often through coercion
give
guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
assure
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
prevail
use persuasion successfully
drag
persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
tempt
try presumptuously
walk
make walk
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
clamor
compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
condemn
compel or force into a particular state or activity
shame
compel through a sense of shame
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose
compel to behave in a certain way

v cause to arise

induce a crisis”
Synonyms:
bring on
Type of:
bring forth, generate
bring into existence

v cause to occur rapidly

Synonyms:
hasten, rush, stimulate
Type of:
effect, effectuate, set up
produce

v produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes

Synonyms:
induct
Type of:
bring about, give rise, produce
cause to happen, occur or exist
2

v reason or establish by induction

Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

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