V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to cause or produce; 2. to influence or persuade; 3. to reason and make a statement based on observation and fact

Synonyms: persuade, influence, move, impel, cause, produce, stimulate, incite

Antonyms: repress, hinder, prevent

Tips: In obstetrics, induce means "to stimulate labor artificially," such as with a drug that initiates contractions. Induce is also a great word to use in general, to describe persuading or convincing someone to act: "See if we can induce (persuade) them to participate in the program."

Usage Examples:

If you weren't already planning to enter the contest, the prize money is sure to induce you. (persuade)

He is a true hero; whenever he sees injustice, he is induced to action. (impelled, moved)

The community council was looking for ways to induce investors and bankers to put money into inner-city businesses. (influence)

When her baby was three weeks overdue, the doctors insisted on inducing labor. (stimulating)

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