entail

verb
en·​tail | \ in-ˈtāl How to pronounce entail (audio) , en-\
entailed; entailing; entails

Definition of entail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result the project will entail considerable expense
2 : to restrict (property) by limiting the inheritance to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof
3a : 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— William Shakespeare

entail

noun
en·​tail | \ ˈen-ˌtāl How to pronounce entail (audio) , in-ˈtāl How to pronounce entail (audio) \

Definition of entail (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a restriction especially of lands by limiting the inheritance to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof
b : an entailed (see entail entry 1 sense 2) estate
2 : something transmitted as if by entail

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Other Words from entail

Verb

entailer \ in-​ˈtā-​lər How to pronounce entailer (audio) , en-​ \ noun
entailment \ in-​ˈtāl-​mənt How to pronounce entailment (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for entail

Synonyms: Verb

carry, comprehend, contain, embrace, encompass, include, involve, number, subsume, take in

Antonyms: Verb

exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

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Examples of entail in a Sentence

Verb

Pregnancy involves the bodily dependence of the unborn child on its mother; in many cases, it entails a significant physical burden. — Cathleen Kaveny, Commonweal, 4 May 2007 … it was a Master Highlighter Event, a two-day guest appearance by one of Kinkade's specially trained assistants, who would highlight any picture bought during the event for free. Highlighting a picture is not that different from highlighting your hair: it entails stippling tiny bright dots of paint on the picture to give it more texture and luminescence. — Susan Orlean, New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2001 Life is a difficult and complicated enterprise. It entails joy but also suffering, gain but also loss, hope but also despair. — Neal Gabler, Life: The Movie, 1998 Discourse is a social as well as an intellectual activity; it entails interaction between minds, and it revolves around something possessed in common. — David A. Hollinger, In the American Province, (1985) 1992 He accepted the responsibility, with all that it entails. a lavish wedding entails extensive planning and often staggering expense
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The Ifo economists estimate this still would entail long-term economic costs for Europe, and between 30,000 and 50,000 European job losses. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Crash on the Autobahn," 22 Feb. 2019 Last October, a Turkish Airlines flight from Panama City to Istanbul flew 800 miles more than its normal route entailed, but still managed to arrive on time because of another ferocious jet stream. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Flight Reaches 801 MPH as Furious Jet Stream Propels Plane Faster Than Speed of Sound," 19 Feb. 2019 Her decade-long project has entailed close observation of the temporary settlement from construction to dismantling, as well as the analysis of any artifacts that get left behind by accident. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 The method entails using a tiny camera probe that takes a microscopic look around a human body. National Geographic, "New Human 'Organ' Was Hiding in Plain Sight," 27 Mar. 2018 While many require mountaineering experience to access, some–like the Stanley Mitchell Hut in Yoho National Park–simply entail a long, though relatively flat, hike. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 The essay collection tracks the author’s affliction—she has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type—but also discusses the limitations of diagnosis, the mixed blessing that labelling an affliction entails. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 Colby’s job entailed no significant independent decision-making and her work had to be approved or directed by a lawyer, attorney Donald Heyrich argued in the suit, which seeks class-action status and was filed in King County Superior Court. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Washington considers raising 42-year-old standard on who gets overtime pay," 26 Oct. 2018 The latest American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines state that your first visit (ideally between the ages of 13 and 15) should simply entail a lot of talking…and a little bit of looking. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "13 Things No One Tells You About Your First Gyno Visit," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of entail

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entail

Verb and Noun

Middle English entailen, entaillen, from en- entry 1 + taile, taille limitation — more at tail entry 4

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entail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of entail

: to have (something) as a part, step, or result
en·​tail | \ in-ˈtāl How to pronounce entail (audio) \

Legal Definition of entail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (an estate in real property) a fee tail : limit the descent of (real property) by restricting inheritance to specific descendants who cannot convey or transfer the property estates are entailed entire on the eldest male heir— Benjamin Franklin

Other Words from entail

entailment noun

entail

noun

Legal Definition of entail (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of entailing real property also : the practice of entailing property the repeal of the laws of entail would prevent the accumulation and perpetuation of wealth in select families — Thomas Jefferson — see also De Donis Conditionalibus
2 : an entailed estate in real property if entails had not become barrable— Eileen Spring
3 : the fixed line of descent of an entailed estate

History and Etymology for entail

Transitive verb

Middle English entaillen, from en-, causative prefix + taille restriction on inheritance — see tail

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