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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon launched its on-demand music service in 2016 as part of its broader effort to offer a wide range of entertainment services and entice more people to sign up for Prime subscriptions. Millie Dent, CNN, "Amazon bets users will pay up for high-definition music streaming," 17 Sep. 2019 This time around, the company has secured a blue-chip investor in GIC PTE Ltd, the Singaporean sovereign-wealth fund, to help entice investors. Alex Nicoll, Fortune, "Why the King of Beers Just Had to Downsize its Big Asian IPO," 17 Sep. 2019 The Colts carry a +150 number which could entice some bettors. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 The location of injection sites can also negatively affect the quality of life for a neighborhood, as these facilities might entice criminal activity, create disorder, and generate many public health concerns. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts allow safe injection sites for addicts?," 14 Sep. 2019 Critics could have encouraged social consciousness and enticed viewers by comparing Sonny’s life to the Trump administration’s First Step Prison Reform. Armond White, National Review, "Bottom of the 9th: Sympathy for the Underdog," 6 Sep. 2019 Even more controversial was the book’s uncompromising criticism of the credit card industry for enticing consumers to take on ever more high-interest debt. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "The Education of Elizabeth Warren," 25 Aug. 2019 The food will be served from rolling serving carts, enticing patrons to try dishes that catch their eye. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the masterminds behind UnderTow open a train-themed cocktail bar," 21 Aug. 2019 Take someone up on an offer for a drink or entice your special someone into a romantic interlude. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 9, 2019: Aries, really get to know someone; Pisces, hit the reset button," 9 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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The first known use of entice was in the 14th century

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25 Oct 2019

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“Entice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entices. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of entice

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


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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