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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Nevertheless, the possibility of two more Beyoncé films has been pretty exciting for fans — especially since no one seems to know what these future projects will entail, although some members of the Beyhive have plenty of ideas. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Reportedly Signed a Three-Project Deal With Netflix," 21 Apr. 2019 No matter what Rise entails, it's been a great journey. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 Consider what mold abatement entails first, as the off-gassing chemicals involved can be harmful. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018 Starbucks didn’t say what that procedure entails or define what constitutes disruptive behavior. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Starbucks Restrooms Open for All Visitors," 19 May 2018 The split entails creating a new staff and offices for the couple, which will be based in Buckingham Palace and reporting to its communications team. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hired Hillary Clinton's Former Campaign Advisor," 15 Mar. 2019 To be more specific, here's what all that Masked Singer season 2 fun, weirdness, and wonderfulness will entail: The Masked Singer season 2 will have the same judges. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2 Is Going to Be a Gazillion Times Weirder," 31 Jan. 2019 Ball’s discipline, called aerial circus and popularized by Cirque du Soleil, entails doing tricks on fabric, rope, trapeze, hoop, or other apparatuses suspended in the air. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 But launching any rocket using this system would entail the risk of spreading a toxic substance through the atmosphere. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Space Startup Apollo Fusion Wants To Use Mercury as a Fuel—Report," 20 Nov. 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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