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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 inducted
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  • The living fell in only too soon; but yet Frank Bell was quite a grey and worn-out man when he was inducted into it.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • These umpires were inducted into office by the most solemn oaths.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Andrea Barrofaldi had been inducted into his present office without even the sentimental profession of never having asked for it.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • As you have inducted me into this office, Dorothy, make a clean breast of it.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • The whalers have inducted the Eskimo into the art of making cribbage-boards.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
British Dictionary definitions for inducted


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 inducted



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.

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inducted 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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