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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The first book, entitled The Passage, was released in 2010. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch ‘The Passage,’ the New Fox Show Everyone’s Talking About," 21 Jan. 2019 Throughout the past year, Erin and Ben have both shared many sweet snapshots showing their toddler smiling, snuggling with her daddy, and looking through books—including the one her parents' wrote, entitled Make Something Good Today. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything We Know About Erin and Ben Napier's Baby, Helen," 8 Jan. 2019 The project, fittingly entitled Contact Warhol, stems from a 2014 acquisition by Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018 Lawmakers had until Thursday afternoon to pass the bill, entitled the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "California passes digital privacy bill that could have impact across U.S.," 28 June 2018 In a 1997 episode entitled The Cartridge Family, the Simpson family is seen watching an ad for the World Cup, which touts a final between Mexico and Portugal. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Did 'The Simpsons' Predict Who Would Play in the Final?," 27 June 2018 Other activities include a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, library night, golf outing, annual gala entitled The Green Tie Affair and a class in Irish language. Laura A. Hobson, Cincinnati.com, "Columbia Tusculum center celebrates Irish arts, culture," 26 June 2018 As a result of the incident, New York state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, a Manhattan Democrat, crafted legislation entitled Kokito's Law -- a new pet passenger bill of rights. Carma Hassan, CNN, "Family, United Airlines settle over dog's death," 24 May 2018 The classic rockers are celebrating their milestone with a 368-page book, entitled Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, set for release this October. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Paul Jones Reunite For Massive Led Zeppelin Book Announcement," 12 June 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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a servile follower or underling

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