induct

Induct is what groups do when they formally accept new members, like the honor societies that, every school year, induct students who meet the qualifications.

When you induct someone into a group, you formally welcome him or her as a member. The word is typically used to describe official acceptance of a position or admittance into an organization, such as a professional society. It can also be used to describe someone who has formally enrolled in the military. Don't use it for informal joining, though — you wouldn't induct a new friend or be inducted at the gym where you have just started a membership.

Definitions of induct
  1. verb
    place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
    “there was a ceremony to induct the president of the Academy”
    synonyms: invest, seat
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    type of:
    instal, install
    put into an office or a position
  2. verb
    admit as a member
    “We were inducted into the honor society”
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    type of:
    invite, receive, take in
    express willingness to have in one's home or environs
  3. verb
    accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
    synonyms: initiate
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    type of:
    admit, include, let in
    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
  4. verb
    introduce or initiate
    “The young geisha was inducted into the ways of her profession”
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    type of:
    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  5. verb
    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
    synonyms: induce
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    type of:
    achieve, beget, bring about, give rise, produce
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
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