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  ( induces    3rd person present)   ( inducing    present participle)   ( induced    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   To induce a state or condition means to cause it.  
Doctors said surgery could induce a heart attack.      V n economic crisis induced by high oil prices.      V-ed  
2       verb   If you induce someone to do something, you persuade or influence them to do it.   (=persuade)  
More than 4,000 teachers were induced to take early retirement.      be V-ed to-inf  
3       verb   If a doctor or nurse induces labour or birth, they cause a pregnant woman to start giving birth by using drugs or other medical means.     (MEDICAL)  
He might decide that it is best to induce labour.      V n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    actuate, convince, draw, encourage, get, impel, incite, influence, instigate, move, persuade, press, prevail upon, prompt, talk into  
2    bring about, cause, effect, engender, generate, give rise to, lead to, occasion, produce, set in motion, set off  
   curb, deter, discourage, dissuade, hinder, prevent, restrain, stop, suppress  

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