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 entice (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
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 15 months later, the latest preview offers three minutes of non-stop action in order to entice fans back to their local multiplexes to see the sequel, which pits Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto against his own brother, played by John Cena. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "‘F9’: New ‘Fast & Furious’ Film Drops New Trailer, Sets Release Date," 14 Apr. 2021 The Ascend WV program, supported by a $25-million grant from West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys, will entice outdoor adventurers looking for wide-open spaces and a low cost of living. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, "West Virginia’s New Remote Worker Program Will Pay You $12,000 to Move There," 12 Apr. 2021 Home-office stipends may not entice those who miss the hum and camaraderie of a busy office full of other adults. Washington Post, "Employee benefits in the post-vaccine world are changing," 8 Apr. 2021 To entice those investors, start-ups like Archer promise top-notch technology and optimistic business plans. New York Times, "Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets," 6 Apr. 2021 The increased pay — on top of the per diem rate summer school teachers are normally paid — could entice more educators to elect to work the extra four weeks in July. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard teachers union, school system reach hybrid learning work agreement," 6 Apr. 2021 Rather than levy new taxes, incentive schemes entice the rich to park their money temporarily with a promise that it will be returned, exempt from taxes in the meantime. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 If that free Krispy Kreme donut didn't entice you, maybe this will. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Daily Money: Lowe's gardening kits, unemployment taxes, stimulus checks, classic cars," 8 Apr. 2021 On the morning of 9/11, Allison offered to make pancakes for Teddy, hoping to entice her to stay in bed. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Teddy struggles with reality," 26 Mar. 2021

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

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8 May 2021

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“Entice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entice. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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