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Definition of induce verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they induce
    he / she / it induces
    past simple induced
    -ing form inducing
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  1. 1induce somebody to do something (formal) to persuade or influence someone to do something Nothing would induce me to take the job.
  2. 2induce something (formal) to cause something drugs that induce sleep a drug-induced coma
  3. 3induce somebody/something (medical) to make a woman start giving birth to her baby by giving her special drugs induced labor We'll have to induce her.
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