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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for entitle


authorize, privilege, qualify



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The classic rockers are celebrating their milestone with a 368-page book, entitled Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, set for release this October. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Paul Jones Reunite For Massive Led Zeppelin Book Announcement," 12 June 2018 Jerk Gustafsson, executive producer at MachineGames which showed off an expansion to last year's Wolfenstein II entitled Wolfenstein Youngblood as Sunday's Bethesda showcase, was excited to see what his fellow Swedish gamemakers were bringing to E3. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "E3: Game Developers Reveal What They're Most Excited For at This Year's Convention," 11 June 2018 The opinion, written by Justice Douglas, said Brady was not entitled to a new trial on his guilt because under Maryland law Boblit’s last statement would not be admissible at such a proceeding. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018 Carney said the portion of the project entitled The Breezevale Trust, which includes homes on Breezevale Cove, has been taken off the table for now. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Rocky River Planning Commission holds another public hearing on a disputed change in lakefront zoning," 22 Apr. 2018 As The Weeknd fans keep his new EP on repeat, the singer gave them a closer look at what went into crafting his latest material with a mini behind-the-scenes documentary entitled He Was Never There, uploaded to his YouTube channel Monday (Apr. 9). Abby Jones, Billboard, "The Weeknd Drops Behind-the-Scenes Video For 'My Dear Melancholy': Watch," 10 Apr. 2018 Apparently, some people still feel like they're entitled to comment on people's bodies. Emily Wang, Allure, "Kaley Cuoco Shut Down Nipple-Shaming Instagram Trolls Who Commented on Her Workout Video," 24 July 2018 Soon after the trial began, the judge ruled Netflix wasn’t entitled to any damages for alleged breaches of the contract. Tom Corrigan, WSJ, "Relativity, Netflix Settle Yearslong Legal Battle," 2 Aug. 2018 Now a 21-year-old senior in marketing at UW-Parkside, Soto was ready to exercise a right she would not have been entitled to the day before. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Immigrants sworn in as citizens embark on new lives as Americans after Milwaukee ceremony," 14 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'entitle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about entitle

Statistics for entitle

Last Updated

6 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for entitle

The first known use of entitle was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for entitle



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on entitle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with entitle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for entitle

Spanish Central: Translation of entitle

Nglish: Translation of entitle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of entitle for Arabic Speakers

Comments on entitle

What made you want to look up entitle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!