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

Antonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This will entail review and movement on the Greenspace and Streetscape projects in the Downtown area of Independence. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "City of Independence integrates old and new with freshly elected officials," 10 Nov. 2019 More-traditional forms of homeschooling generally entail parents’ creating their own curriculum, sometimes with the help of programs such as Sonlight, Seton, or St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, my homeschool alma mater. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "How Technology Is Changing Homeschooling," 7 Nov. 2019 That will entail hiring a local project manager, as well as Birmingham area engineers and architects and holding at least four meetings with community stakeholders, especially area property owners and developers. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Council approves Ramsay McCormack Building redevelopment agreement," 22 Oct. 2019 The last step entailed using more of that pocket fabric to lightly pad the underarm webbing adjusters, which turned into leg supports. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "How This Mom Sews Her Own Kids' Gear," 22 Oct. 2019 The Orlando Utility Commission’s solar-energy expansion would entail two sites of 500 to 600 acres each in Osceola County. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando utility to launch $9 million hydrogen system and more than double solar energy," 7 Oct. 2019 Universal protection need not entail eliminating all traces of influenza virus but simply providing sufficient immunity to minimize the symptoms of infection. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "Towards a universal flu vaccine," 18 Sep. 2019 Stick around for Ronstadt’s punchline about what, exactly, that dinner entailed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Linda Ronstadt’s voice and heart are the stars of a new documentary," 13 Sep. 2019 That will entail, among other things, stepping up protection for demobilised fighters. The Economist, "Will Colombia go back to war?," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of entail was in the 14th century

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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Entail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entailing. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for entail

entail

verb
How to pronounce entail (audio)

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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