entice

verb
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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Other Words from entice

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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What did Bob Bakish say to entice you to join Viacom? Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Viacom's Kelly Day on Digitally Reinventing MTV, Nickelodeon and Buying Awesomeness TV for a "Steal"," 8 July 2019 If Ol Donyo's luxurious digs — each of its six suites and two-bedroom villa has its own plunge pool — and see-to-forever views aren't enough to entice you, then its terraced star beds will. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 Hotels across the Phoenix metro area have lots of activities to entice you. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Need a July 4th staycation? Here are last-minute hotel deals in Phoenix and Scottsdale," 2 July 2019 Honestly, that alone should be enough to entice you to watch. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "The Big Little Lies Season 2 Cast Includes All Your Favourite Actors," 10 June 2019 But, recent innovations in the city are striving to bridge that gap: Plant Seven, a coworking and event space-meets-business incubator is looking to attract young businesses and entice them to work in the area year-round. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 On permissions, Facebook doesn't entice you to allow non-stop tracking even with the app closed. USA TODAY, "Is Facebook listening to me? Why those ads appear after you talk about things," 27 June 2019 Silk and porcelain may have enticed medieval explorers to the Middle Kingdom, but today's great ballers of China are mostly coming over for the paper. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 Both names are enticing, but there's still more work to be done in Cincinnati's hiring process. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's where FC Cincinnati stands in its head coaching search after Pardew, Ramos reports," 24 June 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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entice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of entice

: to attract (someone) especially by offering or showing something that is appealing, interesting, etc.

entice

verb
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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