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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All of the options were enticing, but the Casa Dragones cocktails made the decision-making a little bit easier for all. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Sara and Erin Foster Welcome Leatherology to the West Coast," 19 Nov. 2018 Only rarely will the subject line on an email pitch entice me enough to click. Amanda Schupak, SELF, "The Exquisite, Painful Irony of Being a Health Editor With Breast Cancer During Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 19 Oct. 2018 This volatility and the fading role of pension plans in corporate retirement programs are enticing more finance chiefs to consider transfers. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Companies With Newly Flush Pensions See Chance to Unload the Risk," 15 Oct. 2018 The perks are enticing: Beyond savings, some homes are more spacious or in a better location than a hotel. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Booking With Airbnb? Here’s Your Survival Guide," 6 June 2018 Kapow’s product and customers were enticing, but its employees helped seal the deal, Aggarwal said. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Global events company Cvent acquires Chicago startup Kapow," 5 June 2018 Menu aside, the logistics of the move are enticing to the owners. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Trio restaurant to move into Bac Asian space in Tremont," 14 Mar. 2018 Take some time to make a list of your goals and intentions so that the process has a tangible outcome that will entice you to move closer to your goal each day. SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Start Working Out but Doesn't Know Where to Begin," 10 Jan. 2019 Google, in marking the 20th anniversary of Google search, announced its own plans to tap artificial intelligence, including enticing you to interact more with its rebranded, deeper Discover activity feed and other services. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter," 24 Sep. 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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