en·​ti·​tle | \ in-ˈtī-tᵊl How to pronounce entitle (audio) , en-\
entitled; entitling\ in-​ˈtīt-​liŋ How to pronounce entitling (audio) , -​ˈtī-​tᵊl-​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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Tour pros come off as spoiled and entitled, exactly the image golf needs to shed. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Open is hard and not always fair, so players must find a way to cope," 5 June 2019 The judge said in her judgment that the FDA is entitled an injunction ordering U.S. Stem Cell, based in Weston, to halt the procedure. Laura Mcginley And William Wan, sun-sentinel.com, "FDA wins groundbreaking case against for-profit Sunrise stem cell company," 4 June 2019 Passing the exam exempts you from taking a road test at the DMV and entitles you to a 10 percent discount on your insurance. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle and Get Your Motorcycle License," 7 Feb. 2019 Prosecutors have the burden of proving that Raja is not entitled to immunity from prosecution. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Corey Jones shooting: Audio recording disputed in ex-cop's 'stand your ground' claim," 7 May 2018 During the years the Buchli case played out, judges on several occasions ruled that Jackson County prosecutors had failed to turn over evidence that defense attorneys were entitled to. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Prosecutor in challenged Kansas City murder case was fired for withholding evidence," 11 Apr. 2018 Since then, Wendy has penned an additional six books, including two follow-up books about her life, three novels as part of The Ritz Harper Chronicles, and a romance entitled Hold Me in Contempt. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Wendy Williams' Success Before She Landed Her Own Show," 16 Apr. 2019 The Joe cartoon was first tested out in September 1983, when Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions produced an animated five-part miniseries entitled G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 The Supreme Court has previously ruled that all children – regardless of immigration status – are entitled to a public education. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Texas won’t use taxpayer funds to educate illegal immigrants held at the border," 2 Oct. 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 How to pronounce entitle (audio) \
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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