tr.v. in·duct·ed, in·duct·ing, in·ducts
1. To place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position; install: a service to induct the new president of the university.
a. To admit as a member; receive.
b. To admit to military service: a draftee waiting to be inducted into the army.
c. To introduce, as to new experience or knowledge; initiate: She was inducted into the ways of the legal profession.
3. Physics To induce.
[Middle English inducten, from Latin indūcere, induct-; see INDUCE.]
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