en·tice | \ in-ˈtīs , en- \
enticed; enticing

Definition of entice 

transitive verb

: to attract artfully or adroitly or by arousing hope or desire : tempt

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Other words from entice

enticement \in-ˈtī-smənt, en- \ noun
enticingly \in-ˈtī-siŋ-lē, en- \ adverb

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lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving. lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means. advertising designed to entice new customers inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering. fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice. attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment. tempted by the offer of money seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises. seduced by assurances of assistance

Examples of entice in a Sentence

every commercial seemed to be for some tempting snack specifically designed to entice me from my diet

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But enticing greater support from these Russian regions is a departure from an observed mechanism in previous research. Konstantin Ash, Washington Post, "Russia put World Cup stadiums in some surprising places. This is why.," 23 June 2018 The group collected more than 142,000 signatures on a petition, lobbied Congress and enticed thousands of people to flood the DEA's website with their opposition. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "What you need to know about kratom as the feds crack down on the herbal supplement," 31 May 2018 Given local officials’ interest in getting a new venue, the federal government may use new stadium construction to alternatively reward, punish or entice local officials. Konstantin Ash, Washington Post, "Russia put World Cup stadiums in some surprising places. This is why.," 23 June 2018 Washington Wizards Robert Williams, F/C, Texas A&M The big man hopes his reputation for defense will entice teams to select him. Jason Jones, sacbee, "With the second pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings will take ...," 20 June 2018 Shipping companies would hurry to launch dedicated passenger ships, crowded with fuel-hungry luxuries to entice customers. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "The Ultimate Carbon-Saving Tip? Travel by Cargo Ship," 12 July 2018 Restaurant week has historically been a two-week effort in January to try and entice people out of the warmth of their homes into the cold as a way to increase restaurant patronage during a very slow business period each year. Editorial From The Aegis, The Aegis, "Some are unhappy [Editorial]," 12 July 2018 Full-service restaurants and fast-food chains alike are revamping their menus and technology to entice diners with fresh food, mobile ordering and automated kiosks, a new study reported from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) states. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Chick-fil-A holds lead as top fast-food restaurant for third year; Cracker Barrel no longer first in full-service," 6 July 2018 Snap tried to avoid a looming ceiling to its growth by redesigning the Snapchat app to appeal to a broader audience, but the redesign backfired, angering core users and failing to entice the Facebook/Instagram set. Eric Johnson, Recode, "These are the ‘invisible’ challenges that make it harder for Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to grow," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of entice

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for entice

Middle English, from Anglo-French enticer, from Vulgar Latin *intitiare, from Latin in- + titio firebrand

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English Language Learners Definition of entice

: to attract (someone) especially by offering or showing something that is appealing, interesting, etc.


en·tice | \ in-ˈtīs \
enticed; enticing

Kids Definition of entice

: to attract by raising hope or desire : tempt Glittery window displays enticed shoppers.

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