en·ti·tle | \in-ˈtī-tᵊl, en-\
entitled; entitling\in-ˈtīt-liŋ, -ᵊl-iŋ, en- \

Definition of entitle 

transitive verb

1 : to give a title to : designate

2 : to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something this ticket entitles the bearer to free admission

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Synonyms & Antonyms for entitle


authorize, privilege, qualify



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Examples of entitle in a Sentence

He entitled his book “My Life on Mars.” the card entitles my grandmother to the discount for senior citizens

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Six days after two African American men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, an Internet hoax is falsely suggesting the company has issued a coupon that entitles African Americans to free coffee. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Fake coupon hoax promises free Starbucks for African Americans," 18 Apr. 2018 Dependent contractors working through online platforms, unlike employees, are not entitled to a minimum wage. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 2018 Some people not entitled to the pending settlement include those who already received refunds from SeaWorld or used their pass after their first year expired, court documents said. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "130,000-plus SeaWorld customers could get refunds in $11.5 million settlement of lawsuit," 3 July 2018 You're not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "John Boyega Asks People to Stop Harassing His "Star Wars" Costars," 13 June 2018 Asylum seekers are not legally entitled to an attorney, and lacking money or resources, a majority end up facing the immigration judge and government lawyer alone. CBS News, "Seeking asylum: An immigrant's journey to America," 8 June 2018 The study noted that many of the 30 troopers added to Troop F are senior officers entitled to maximum amounts of time off. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 2018 But the Post Office argued that as a mere copy of a famous statue, Davidson's work wasn't entitled to copyright protection. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Post Office owes $3.5M for using wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp," 6 July 2018 There, Roddy said, about two of every three litigants is a few waiver case who are now entitled to the services of a reporter. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "State high court strikes down rule requiring poor to pay for own court reporter in civil courts," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of entitle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entitle

Middle English, from Anglo-French entitler, from Late Latin intitulare, from Latin in- + titulus title

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English Language Learners Definition of entitle

: to give a title to (something, such as a book)

: to give a right to (someone)


en·ti·tle | \in-ˈtī-tᵊl \
entitled; entitling

Kids Definition of entitle

1 : to give a title to

2 : to give a right or claim to Buying a ticket entitles you to a seat.


transitive verb
entitled; entitling

Legal Definition of entitle 

: to give an enforceable right to claim something

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one that holds something together

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