en·​tice | \ in-ˈtīs How to pronounce entice (audio) , en-\
enticed; enticing

Definition of entice

transitive verb

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

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enticement \ in-​ˈtī-​smənt How to pronounce enticement (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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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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Why light up together, when that would seem to create competition for males trying to entice a female mate? Washington Post, "TravelLab: In a forest on the trail of synchronous fireflies," 20 June 2018 To try to entice consumers, Toyota is offering more rebates and other sweeteners that cut into profitability. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Tax Cut, RAV4 Sales Help Toyota Lift Forecast to Record," 6 Feb. 2018 So, maybe the less-dramatic takeaway is that particular format isn't really enticing for fans at home? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Will 'American Idol' Be Canceled After the 2019 Season? Here's What the Ratings Really Mean," 27 Apr. 2019 With more properties, skiers have more options, and Vail can use its portfolio to entice sales of season passes, particularly those that offer unlimited access to all its resorts. Kimberly Chin And, WSJ, "Vail Resorts Says Ski Bookings Were Light in Early December," 11 Jan. 2019 But this is a much clearer attempt of using AR to entice people to buy something. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Facebook is turning Jurassic World dinosaurs into augmented reality stickers," 7 Sep. 2018 The beach can be as enticing for a stroll as for a snooze. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Planning a break from exercise? Think twice," 8 Aug. 2018 There is a presumed logic that some of the more exciting host options—like Tiffany Haddish or Maya Rudolph or my personal favorite, Billy Eichner—are somehow not recognizable enough to entice a mass audience. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Needs an Oscars Host Anyway?," 7 Dec. 2018 Channeling its name, the residential, retail and office development is marked by distinct structures, inviting plazas and meandering pathways meant to entice people to take a journey through a familiar small town. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One Paseo: Inside the bustling construction site," 12 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 How to pronounce entice (audio) \
enticed; enticing

Kids Definition of entice

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

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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