en·​ti·​tle | \ in-ˈtī-tᵊl How to pronounce entitle (audio) , en- \
entitled; entitling\ in-​ˈtīt-​liŋ How to pronounce entitle (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 Ballots can be contested by Amazon or the union based on factors like illegible signatures or questions about whether employees' job titles entitle them to vote. NBC News, "Amazon warehouse workers vote not to unionize in Bessemer, Alabama," 9 Apr. 2021 By contrast to Uber’s announcement regarding its U.K. drivers, the company worked in California to defeat provisions in a new law known as AB5 that aimed to grant gig drivers employment and entitle them to the minimum wage. Washington Post, "Uber grants U.K. drivers ‘worker’ status, entitling them to the minimum wage, company announces," 16 Mar. 2021 Depending on the level of the tender, the designation would give the Ravens the opportunity to match a contract offer from an opposing team or entitle them to a draft pick should Edwards depart. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "With free agency and NFL draft looming, no timeline on trade for Ravens’ Orlando Brown Jr.," 9 Mar. 2021 If someone’s income dropped last year compared to 2019, that might entitle them to a plus-up payment. Washington Post, "Many veterans are still waiting for their $1,400 payments as the IRS distributes an additional $10 billion in stimulus relief," 2 Apr. 2021 Refundable tax credits entitle taxpayers to the full amount of the credit. Halsey Schreier, Forbes, "Financial Planning For Young Adults: Income Tax Tips," 25 Feb. 2021 Federal rules entitle interstate truckers to 30-minute breaks every eight hours, but pay them only the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, for their rest periods. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Truckers, union want Biden to reverse federal rules on truckers taking breaks," 18 Jan. 2021 Among other claims, the plaintiffs both assert violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, which could entitle them to additional damages. NBC News, "A $20,000 fee to change a wedding date? New bill aims to protect people from 'bad actor catering halls'," 19 Dec. 2020 Wilson files, as well as entitle him to a significant cash payout from the state, along with potential help in finding housing and employment. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Judge declares Jackie Wilson innocent in Burge-related case, refers it for possible investigation by special prosecutor," 18 Dec. 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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1 May 2021

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“Entitle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entitle. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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