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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No one should have to go through this traumatic tunnel of protesters just to access healthcare they are legally entitled to. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018 Someone who enters the US from Mexico without papers between ports of entry is still entitled to an interview with an asylum officer. Dara Lind, Vox, "The asylum ban — Trump’s boldest immigration power grab yet — explained," 12 Nov. 2018 About two years ago, some older members of the company’s leadership harbored stereotypes of millennials as entitled and needing excessive amounts of feedback. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "How Workday Became One of the Best Places to Work for Millennials," 26 June 2018 At Google, this free rein, in 2016, resulted in a video entitled The Selfish Ledger, which was leaked to the Verge earlier this month. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design," 30 May 2018 Sponsors also will enjoy a continental breakfast, immediate home entrance, reserved luncheon seating, and are entitled to shuttle transportation for the day. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Elegant white brick home one of five to be featured on Bath home/garden tour: (photos)," 9 May 2018 Some of these behaviors betray perpetrators’ feelings of (entitled) attraction, while others expose more clearly the long-simmering resentment that our society (male and otherwise) holds towards plus-size people. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Believing Women Means Believing the Plus-Size Ones, Too," 21 Nov. 2018 In 1907, businessman and author Thomas Lawson published a novel entitled Friday, the Thirteenth about a rogue broker who chose that date to destroy the stock market. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 The problem comes with thinking that freedom of speech entitles you to freedom of venue. Anna Peele, GQ, "Patton Oswalt Figured Out How to Deal with Trump," 14 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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to make faulty or ineffective

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