Pronunciation: (in-dOOs', -dyOOs'), [key]
—v.t., -duced, -duc•ing.
1. to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind: to induce a person to buy a raffle ticket.
2. to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
3. Physics.to produce (an electric current) by induction.
4. Logic.to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
5. Genetics.to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
6. Biochem.to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, esp. an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.