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 More companies are raising wages and improving benefits to entice workers in the current, historically tight labor market, making Starbucks' offerings less unique. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Some companies are trying to entice workers with higher pay or time off. Christina Maslach, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 And with the Build Back Better agenda stalled in Congress, those benefits are something that employers may have to shoulder in order to entice workers back. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2022 In response, employers are trying to entice their workers to stay. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Flush with record-breaking pandemic profits, many shipping lines are trying to entice their workers to stay with one-time bonuses. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 25 Jan. 2022 Many employers, in turn, are lifting wages and offering signing bonuses and other perks to entice workers at other firms to jumps ship. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Labor costs are up as companies offer higher wages to entice workers. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Dec. 2021 That has resulted in a pause on a widespread effort by many advanced economies to entice foreign workers to their shores. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Entice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entice. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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