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allure

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verb al·lure \ə-ˈlu̇r\

Definition of allure

allured

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alluring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to entice by charm or attraction “ … I had been fool enough to allow myself to be so quickly allured by her charms … — Anthony Trollope

allurement

play \-ˈlu̇r-mənt\ noun

Examples of allure in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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allure

noun al·lure

Definition of allure

  1. :  power of attraction or fascination :  charm the allure of fame rare books that hold a special allure for collectors

Origin and Etymology of allure

see 1allure


First Known Use: 1534


ALLURE Defined for English Language Learners

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allure

noun al·lure

Definition of allure for English Language Learners

  • : power to attract : a quality that attracts people


ALLURE Defined for Kids

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allure

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verb al·lure \ə-ˈlu̇r\

Definition of allure for Students

allured

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alluring

  1. :  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.


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allure

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noun al·lure

Definition of allure for Students

  1. :  power to attract the allure of fame



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