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.
- 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 (def. 5), induce (def. 6)
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.
- To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.