en·​ti·​tle in-ˈtī-tᵊl How to pronounce entitle (audio)
entitled; entitling in-ˈtī-tᵊl-iŋ How to pronounce entitle (audio)

transitive verb

: to give a title to : designate
: to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something
this ticket entitles the bearer to free admission

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Entitle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entitle. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​ti·​tle in-ˈtīt-ᵊl How to pronounce entitle (audio)
entitled; entitling -ˈtīt-liŋ How to pronounce entitle (audio)
: to give a title to
: to give a right to : qualify
the card entitles us to a discount

Legal Definition


transitive verb
entitled; entitling
: to give an enforceable right to claim something

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