Main Entry: 1en·tail
Pronunciation: \in-ˈtāl, en-\
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English entailen, entaillen, from 1en- + taile, taille limitation — more at tail
Date: 14th century
: to restrict (property) by limiting the inheritance to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof
a : to confer, assign, or transmit (something) for an indefinitely long time : to confer, assign, or transmit as if by entail <entailed on them indelible disgrace — Robert Browning>
b : to fix (a person) permanently in some condition or status <entail him and his heirs unto the crown — Shakespeare>
: to impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result <the project will entail considerable expense>
en·tail·er \-ˈtā-lər\ noun
en·tail·ment \-ˈtāl-mənt\ noun