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1 place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position; "there was a ceremony to induct the president of the Academy" [syn: invest, seat]
2 accept young people into society, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty" [syn: initiate]
3 admit as a member; "We were inducted into the honor society"
4 produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes [syn: induce]
5 introduce or initiate; "The young geisha was inducted into the ways of her profession"

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Originated 1350–1400 from Middle English induct, from Latin inductus, past participle of indūcere, equivalent to induce+-tus (past participle suffix).


  1. to formally or ceremoniously install in an office, position, et cetera.
  2. to introduce into (particularly if certain knowledge or experience is required, such as ritual adulthood or cults).
  3. to draft into military service.
  4. to bring in as a member.


to formally or ceremoniously install in an office, position, et cetera.
to introduce into
to draft into military service
to bring in as a member


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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