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



induct ‎(third-person singular simple present inducts, present participle inducting, simple past and past participle inducted)

  1. to bring in as a member; to make a part of.
    Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the first female inductee []
  2. to formally or ceremoniously install in an office, position, et cetera.
    It is my pleasure to induct the new Officers for this coming term.
  3. to introduce into (particularly if certain knowledge or experience is required, such as ritual adulthood or cults).
    She was inducted into the ways of the legal profession.
  4. to draft into military service.
    At the time of war the President is authorized by law to induct persons into the armed forces involuntarily.
  5. (obsolete) to introduce; to bring in.
    The ceremonies in the gathering were first inducted by the Venetians.



  • induct” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • induct” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "induct" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.
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