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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This might be a match of intentionally soaking up pressure in order to entice midfielders forward, before hitting back on the counter attack. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Some of these par-4s will entice her to go all out. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s version of Augusta National plays host to inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open," 5 July 2018 To entice investors, the company promised to make up any losses with shares of Enron stock. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Look Out, Bitcoin Has Lost Its Tether," 1 July 2018 And the fact that a healthy Paul could have pushed the Rockets over the top against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals may be enticing to a player who has lost three times to them. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "How the Rockets should convince LeBron James to sign with them," 28 June 2018 The smell of boiling calves brains didn’t really entice me. Seamus Mullen, Bon Appetit, "Make Poached Eggs in Chicken Stock—Just Trust Us," 25 June 2018 The snackier items could entice more customers to pop into the restaurants during off-peak hours. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Business Roundtable Reskilling, Krzanich Exit, Online Sales Tax: CEO Daily for June 22, 2018," 22 June 2018 The new, lower price and ease of access may entice more women to try Addyi. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "The Controversial 'Female Viagra' Drug Is Back–Here's What You Need to Know," 14 June 2018 Similarly, the ubiquitous use of Bayesian statistics in scientific areas has enticed philosophers to go back to Bayes’ theorem and to unpack its problems and prospects. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress," 2 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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