Definition of induct in English:



[with object]
  • 1Admit (someone) formally to a post or organization.

    ‘arrangements for inducting new members to an organization’
    • ‘I was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa international honors society earlier this evening - it's some sort of society for honors students with high overall grades.’
    • ‘She was inducted into the world of classical music by her mother at the age of four and has been receiving training since then.’
    • ‘She was rapidly inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters.’
    • ‘He was inducted into the royal academies all over Europe.’
    • ‘He was recently inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Letters.’
    • ‘I was recently inducted into the bandits, and they told me nothing.’
    • ‘I was inducted into the real estate business as a child.’
    • ‘She was inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1934.’
    • ‘He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame last year and earned a special Eclipse Award in 1995.’
    • ‘The pilot seemed oblivious to my foot smacking him in the back of the head, so I sat back and allowed myself to be inducted into this elite organisation.’
    • ‘This will be the sixth class of individuals inducted in the hall of fame.’
    • ‘For his work, Lemaitre was inducted as a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.’
    • ‘We also officially inducted the new board members.’
    • ‘He is the only person to be inducted to the respective halls of fame for rock musicians, country artists, and songwriters.’
    • ‘New members were also inducted into the Senior Citizens Association at the meeting.’
    • ‘She knew that Jimmy would induct Kong into the Triads soon, but she didn't realize HOW soon… it had only been a week!’
    • ‘Yes, I know, sometimes I wonder where the time has gone since I was inducted in as an adult.’
    • ‘Why did he choose to induct me into the Society of Mages, especially as a Rare Mage?’
    admit to, allow into, introduce to, initiate into, install in, instate in, swear into
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    1. 1.1Formally introduce (a member of the clergy) into possession of a benefice.
      ‘he was then inducted as vicar of St Paul's’
      • ‘He was inducted to the pastorate of East Street Baptist Church in the London Borough of Southwick.’
      • ‘He was inducted to the pastorate of the Reformed Baptist Church, Inverness, on 17 January.’
      • ‘The service was held at St Mary's Parish Church and the newly inducted Vicar led the service in which the church choir took part.’
      • ‘New Spirit Community Church, which inducted its first class of 90 members in February, meets temporarily in the chapel.’
      • ‘He was inducted as God's appointed pastor for this body of believers.’
      • ‘In 1666 he returned to London to work as co-pastor in the Devonshire Square church, and was inducted by William Kiffin and Hanserd Knollys.’
      • ‘A retired vicar made his sermon at a time when the abbey is waiting for its newly appointed vicar to be inducted at Easter.’
    2. 1.2US Enlist (someone) for military service.
      • ‘Unfortunately, Donald was drafted for military service and was inducted into the U.S. Army in July.’
      • ‘In early 1941, he was inducted for a one-year draft at age 30, gaining a discharge on December 5 of that year.’
      • ‘He was the first post-World War I major leaguer inducted into military service in 1941.’
      • ‘The adversarial relationship in the United States was patched up in World War I by inducting reporters into the US military.’
      enlist, sign up, enrol, engage, take on, round up
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    3. 1.3induct someone in/intoIntroduce someone to (a difficult or obscure subject)
      ‘my master inducted me into the skills of magic’
      • ‘In Benaras he came in close contact with Karpatriji Maharaj, who inducted him into the Shaivite school of Hinduism and he was renamed Shiv Sharan.’
      • ‘I was inducted into the arcane mysteries of shutter speeds, f-stops, ASA / ISO and the curious phenomenon of the (separate, handheld) light meter.’
      • ‘You are inducted into a reservoir of knowledge.’
      introduce to, acquaint with, familiarize with, make familiar with, make conversant with, make aware of, inform of, give information about
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  • 2archaic Install in a seat or room.

    ‘Hugh and his friends were inducted into the most honourable seats’


Late Middle English from Latin induct- ‘led into’, from the verb inducere (see induce).