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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One Illinois hospital raffled off tickets for a smart speaker to entice people to get their abdomens checked by a surgeon, while an Indiana hospital offered a chance to win dinner at a chophouse. NBC News, "Hospitals are offering free hernia screenings, but do patients need them?," 23 July 2019 The new platform could be another way for Chobani to entice more people Americans to eat yogurt. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Chobani hopes nut butters will give yogurt a boost," 15 July 2019 The handset industry is hopeful the forthcoming next-generation 5G networks, which could be 100 times faster in speed, will unlock new uses for the smartphone and entice people to upgrade en masse. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 But incentivizing fueling/charging infrastructure is one lever that state policy can pull to entice more people to move away from internal combustion vehicles. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel," 30 Sep. 2018 Officials had hoped the giant wheel would entice more people to get out and walk around. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "Deal could restart stalled NYC Ferris wheel tourism project," 13 May 2018 In the battle against phones, couches and parking lots, stadiums are not selling out and more options are needed to entice people to not only come to the game but also stay. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "TCU selling fans beer while locking the door behind them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 Yet one of the imperatives of government, including the government of which Burke is a member, is to protect people from being enticed into making decisions without enough information to protect themselves. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paying women to donate their eggs for research is still a terrible idea," 23 Aug. 2019 Alabama, Iowa State, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas also intend to entice the four-star recruit into a commitment. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "The Fab Forty, No. 2: Menlo-Atherton junior an elite recruit," 16 Aug. 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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