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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Some of these behaviors betray perpetrators’ feelings of (entitled) attraction, while others expose more clearly the long-simmering resentment that our society (male and otherwise) holds towards plus-size people. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Believing Women Means Believing the Plus-Size Ones, Too," 21 Nov. 2018 In 1907, businessman and author Thomas Lawson published a novel entitled Friday, the Thirteenth about a rogue broker who chose that date to destroy the stock market. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 The problem comes with thinking that freedom of speech entitles you to freedom of venue. Anna Peele, GQ, "Patton Oswalt Figured Out How to Deal with Trump," 14 June 2018 In recent days, North Korea has abruptly recast a summit with the American president as kind of favor to the United States — one that entitles them to concessions up-front. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "U.S. Scraps Military Exercise to Appease North Korea," 18 May 2018 Efrain Gonzalez’s suit claimed that Gutierrez breached a 1999 handshake deal that entitled him to 50 percent of the proceeds of the eventual sale of Bexar Waste in return for providing equipment for its operations between 1999 and 2014. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Schertz slaying stumps investigators," 26 Mar. 2018 Prisoners suffering from opioid addiction are as entitled to medication as those with any other condition requiring medical treatment, the lawsuit says. Washington Post, "Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment," 7 June 2018 Prisoners suffering from opioid addiction are as entitled to medication as those with any other condition requiring medical treatment, the lawsuit says. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment," 7 June 2018 His story entitled Pure Heart, published in the June 4, 1990 issue of SI, was an emotional remembrance of the horse and the story that was the centerpiece of Nack’s career, Big Red’s run to the Triple Crown in the spring of 1973. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering William Nack: A Passionate, Personable Master of His Craft," 14 Apr. 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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