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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The Gathering an ever-changing game that entices new players and feeds those already hooked on its method of storytelling and gameplay. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 What today seems like the no-brainer that should have enticed bids from every major athletic shoe brand should be viewed more accurately as a first-of-its-kind gamble that almost didn’t happen. Ronald D. White, The Seattle Times, "How Michael Jordan became a brand (even though he almost skipped the meeting with Nike)," 19 Feb. 2019 That could entice some staffers to stay despite misgivings about the startup’s new alliance with a tobacco company, one current employee said. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul’s Instant Millionaires: How $2 Billion From Altria Is Being Divvied Up," 21 Dec. 2018 The legislation would sharply reduce the huge financial incentives that entice CEOs to flush cash out to shareholders rather than reinvest in businesses. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Chief among them is third baseman Adrian Beltre, who could find himself in Abreu's shoes if the Rangers can't find a trade that would entice him to wave his full no-trade rights. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Growing group believes Beltre would nix a trade," 1 July 2018 Why light up together, when that would seem to create competition for males trying to entice a female mate? Washington Post, "TravelLab: In a forest on the trail of synchronous fireflies," 20 June 2018 To try to entice consumers, Toyota is offering more rebates and other sweeteners that cut into profitability. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Tax Cut, RAV4 Sales Help Toyota Lift Forecast to Record," 6 Feb. 2018 So, maybe the less-dramatic takeaway is that particular format isn't really enticing for fans at home? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Will 'American Idol' Be Canceled After the 2019 Season? Here's What the Ratings Really Mean," 27 Apr. 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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