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1allure

verb al·lure \ə-ˈlr\
al·luredal·lur·ing

Definition of ALLURE

transitive verb
:  to entice by charm or attraction
al·lure·ment \-ˈlr-mənt\ noun
al·lur·ing·ly adverb

Examples of ALLURE

  1. <was so allured by his sister's college roommate that before long he was asking her for a date>
  2. <allured by the promise of big bucks, he decided to have a go at a job on the trading floor of the stock market>

Origin of ALLURE

Middle English aluren, from Middle French alurer, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + lure, leure lure — more at lure
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ALLURE

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another <students attracted by the school's locale>. allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive <an alluring smile>. charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response <charmed by their hospitality>, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration <her performances captivated audiences>. fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist <a story that continues to fascinate children>. enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject <hopelessly enchanted by her beauty>.

2allure

noun

: power to attract : a quality that attracts people

Full Definition of ALLURE

:  power of attraction or fascination :  charm

Examples of ALLURE

  1. These rare books hold special allure for collectors.
  2. <the nostalgic allure of America's Wild West still attracts vacationers to ghost towns>

First Known Use of ALLURE

1548
ALLURINGLY Defined for Kids

1allure

verb al·lure \ə-ˈlr\
al·luredal·lur·ing

Definition of ALLURE for Kids

:  to try to attract or influence by offering what seems to be a benefit or pleasure <Treasure hunters were allured by stories of lost riches.>

2allure

noun

Definition of ALLURE for Kids

:  power to attract <the allure of fame>

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