One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Admit (someone) formally to a position or organization.‘each worker, if formally inducted into the Mafia, is known as a “soldier.”’
admit to, allow into, introduce to, initiate into, install in, instate in, swear intoView synonyms
- ‘This will be the sixth class of individuals inducted in the hall of fame.’
- ‘Yes, I know, sometimes I wonder where the time has gone since I was inducted in as an adult.’
- ‘New members were also inducted into the Senior Citizens Association at the meeting.’
- ‘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 rapidly inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters.’
- ‘He was recently inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Letters.’
- ‘We also officially inducted the new board members.’
- ‘For his work, Lemaitre was inducted as a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1934.’
- ‘Why did he choose to induct me into the Society of Mages, especially as a Rare Mage?’
- ‘I was inducted into the real estate business as a child.’
- ‘I was recently inducted into the bandits, and they told me nothing.’
- ‘He is the only person to be inducted to the respective halls of fame for rock musicians, country artists, and songwriters.’
- ‘She knew that Jimmy would induct Kong into the Triads soon, but she didn't realize HOW soon… it had only been a week!’
- ‘He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame last year and earned a special Eclipse Award in 1995.’
- ‘He was inducted into the royal academies all over Europe.’
- 1.1 Formally introduce (a member of the clergy) into possession of a benefice.
- ‘He was inducted to the pastorate of the Reformed Baptist Church, Inverness, on 17 January.’
- ‘He was inducted as God's appointed pastor for this body of believers.’
- ‘He was inducted to the pastorate of East Street Baptist Church in the London Borough of Southwick.’
- ‘New Spirit Community Church, which inducted its first class of 90 members in February, meets temporarily in the chapel.’
- ‘A retired vicar made his sermon at a time when the abbey is waiting for its newly appointed vicar to be inducted at Easter.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2US Enlist (someone) for military service.
enlist, sign up, enrol, engage, take on, round upView synonyms
- ‘Unfortunately, Donald was drafted for military service and was inducted into the U.S. Army in July.’
- ‘The adversarial relationship in the United States was patched up in World War I by inducting reporters into the US military.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.3induct someone in/into Introduce someone to (a difficult or obscure subject)‘my master inducted me into the skills of magic’
introduce to, acquaint with, familiarize with, make familiar with, make conversant with, make aware of, inform of, give information aboutView synonyms
- ‘You are inducted into a reservoir of knowledge.’
- ‘I was inducted into the arcane mysteries of shutter speeds, f-stops, ASA / ISO and the curious phenomenon of the (separate, handheld) light meter.’
- ‘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.’
2archaic Install in a seat or room.
Late Middle English: from Latin induct- ‘led into’, from the verb inducere (see induce).
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