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[in-duhkt] /ɪnˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to install in an office, benefice, position, etc., especially with formal ceremonies:
The committee inducted her as president.
to introduce, especially to something requiring special knowledge or experience; initiate (usually followed by to or into):
They inducted him into the mystic rites of the order.
to take (a draftee) into military service; draft.
to bring in as a member:
to induct a person into a new profession.
Origin of induct
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin inductus past participle of indūcere, equivalent to induc- (see induce) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
reinduct, verb (used with object)
uninducted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for induct
Historical Examples
  • We must, therefore, extend the statutory authority to induct men for two years of military service.

  • Somebody else undertook to induct Solly into the pleasures of tree climbing.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • I can induct sounds from the Blind Spot; I can induct light, or visibility; or any given object or person, in toto.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • With the utmost caution I proceeded to induct myself into the driver's seat.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • We have learned that what was actually intended at this time was, not to ordain, but only to induct our schoolmasters.

  • The object of the lesson is to induct the pupil into a mode in which she can obtain complete mastery over her horse.

    The Barb and the Bridle Vielle Moustache
  • To love without hope, immaculately, would be perfect if it did not induct such brainstorms.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for induct


verb (transitive)
to bring in formally or install in an office, place, etc; invest
foll by to or into. to initiate in knowledge (of)
(US) to enlist for military service; conscript
(physics) another word for induce (sense 5), induce (sense 6)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inductus led in, past participle of indūcere to introduce; see induce
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Word Origin and History for induct

late 14c., from Latin inductus, past participle of inducere "to lead" (see induce). Originally of church offices; sense of "bring into military service" is 1934 in American English. Related: Inducted; inducting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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induct in Medicine

induct in·duct (ĭn-dŭkt')
v. in·duct·ed, in·duct·ing, in·ducts
To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.

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