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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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 And his nearly 90% ownership stake in the media enterprise entitled him to about $3.3 billion of that income stream. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Bloomberg would pay $3 billion less under his wealth tax than under Sanders plan," 12 Feb. 2020 While the country recognizes civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, entitling them to pension and inheritance rights, adoption of children is still not legal. Helena Bachmann, USA TODAY, "Swiss voters to decide whether homophobia should be a crime," 8 Feb. 2020 The terms of the alleged agreement also allowed Flynn to perform producer services for artists signed to Warner, entitling him to a 4% royalty rate deriving from those services. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Warner Records CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck, WMG Sued for Allegedly Reneging A&R Exec's Job Offer," 7 Feb. 2020 The bundle also includes three free months of the Stadia Pro service—normally $10 a month—which lets players stream games in 4K and entitles them to complimentary games every month. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "You should wait before buying a Google Stadia," 4 Feb. 2020 This reclassification would entitle them to benefits like hourly minimum wages, workers’ and expense compensation, and potentially, health care. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees," 3 Jan. 2020 Soon, the state health department hired Anika to educate families on services their foster kids were entitled to. Arizona Republic, "'What good am I?': Foster mom saw a system so broken she was ready to give up. Instead, she decided to fix it," 27 Nov. 2019 Particularly, people in the United Kingdom and Canada (the countries the Sussexes are expected to split most of their time between) have wondered if the couple will still be entitled to security services. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Should Continue to Receive Diplomatic Protection, According to a Legal Expert," 25 Jan. 2020 Ethicists have argued for years that a digital avatar is not a real human and is not entitled to the same rights and privileges as the rest of us. John Brandon, Wired, "Can a Digital Avatar Fire You?," 15 Jan. 2020

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

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20 Feb 2020

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“Entitle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entitle. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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.
entitled; entitling

Legal Definition of entitle

: to give an enforceable right to claim something

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