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
enticingly \ in-​ˈtī-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce enticingly (audio) , en-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for entice

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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Some of New York City’s poshest dining rooms are still nestled inside these retail behemoths, offering respite while enticing shoppers to linger longer on-site. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 The promise of an air purifier is an enticing one: An appliance designed to cleanse the air in your home, getting rid of all the impurities including odors, smoke, dust, and pet dander. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 Here’s how the game developer describes it: Until now, the myths, mysteries, and machinations of the Destiny universe were found hidden throughout the worlds – enticing threads that hinted at a greater tapestry. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Destiny’s excellent lore is being collected into a physical anthology book series," 27 July 2018 The prospect of missing out on Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next term could well see Hazard enticed to the Bernabeu, should Madrid make their move. SI.com, "Real Madrid Shortlist Superstar Attacking Trio as Question Marks Remain Over Future of Gareth Bale," 30 May 2018 And the fun continued when West, then the GM, drafted Kobe Bryant (the Warriors could have had him) and enticed Shaq O’Neal to Los Angeles. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Los Angeles is where the NBA met Showtime," 17 Feb. 2018 All of the options were enticing, but the Casa Dragones cocktails made the decision-making a little bit easier for all. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Sara and Erin Foster Welcome Leatherology to the West Coast," 19 Nov. 2018 Only rarely will the subject line on an email pitch entice me enough to click. Amanda Schupak, SELF, "The Exquisite, Painful Irony of Being a Health Editor With Breast Cancer During Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 19 Oct. 2018 This volatility and the fading role of pension plans in corporate retirement programs are enticing more finance chiefs to consider transfers. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Companies With Newly Flush Pensions See Chance to Unload the Risk," 15 Oct. 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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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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