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
Recent Examples on the Web That’s enticed some investors back into equities, but with the volatility gauge remaining significantly elevated, many expect further declines. Sybilla Gross, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 10 May 2020 Typically used to entice shoppers to fill orders in peak hours, Shipt said promo pay was being increased during the health crisis. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Shipt protest will last as long as needed, leader says," 7 Apr. 2020 The businessman allegedly used his ties to the fashion industry to entice young women with drugs, money and hopes of a successful modeling career. Sonia Moghe And Holly Yan, CNN, "FBI raids fashion mogul Peter Nygard's office after he was accused of sex assault and sex trafficking," 25 Feb. 2020 Bowlsby and Emmert were in agreement for much of the hearing, arguing that schools in states allowing endorsement deals for student-athletes would be able to use money to entice players to sign with them over schools in states without such laws. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Big 12, NCAA urge senators to pass federal standard for student-athlete pay," 11 Feb. 2020 The cheap flights to Hawaii are part of a larger strategy by Alaska to use dynamic data to entice travelers to make more spontaneous bookings. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alaska Airlines' New Hawaii Fare Sale Is Based On Surfing Conditions," 4 Nov. 2019 The products include fruity, candy, alcohol, and dessert flavors, which are thought to be targeted directly to youth, echoing the tactics that tobacco companies used to entice and hook customers long ago. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "CDC refines definition of vaping-linked illnesses, lowers case count," 13 Sep. 2019 For one, China's market has grown in part because of strong subsidies the government has used to entice shoppers to buy electric cars. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Why Tesla’s Planned China Price Hikes Shouldn’t Worry Investors," 28 Aug. 2019 The relationship with Sarandos cuts both ways, with the exec using Obama to entice reluctant talent. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Obamas Settling Into New Role as Netflix Producers," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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23 May 2020

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“Entice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entice. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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