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 The drug maker asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to examine the patents, which AIDS activists have argued would entitle the government to collect royalties from Gilead and use the funds to combat the virus. Ed Silverman, STAT, "HHS sues Gilead for refusing to reach a licensing deal over patents for HIV prevention pills," 7 Nov. 2019 That costly change could entitle its drivers to minimum wage, benefits and workers compensation, among other things. Cathy Bussewitz, chicagotribune.com, "Lyft loses money again but eyes profits in about 2 years," 5 Nov. 2019 That costly change could entitle its drivers to minimum wage, benefits and workers compensation, among other things. Washington Post, "Lyft loses money again but eyes profits in about 2 years," 30 Oct. 2019 We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "51 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women," 30 Oct. 2019 Wristbands, which entitle children to unlimited game play and lunch may be purchased at the event for $45, or individual tickets may be purchased for $1 each. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: ‘BoostOberfest’ for LCHS gym, ‘Halloween Haunt,’ ‘Thankful Heart’ luncheon coming up," 22 Oct. 2019 By its second year of operations, the club started charging dues, either $2 annually or 50 cents a month, which entitled club members to cheaper admission prices. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Teen club offered wholesome fun to wartime youth," 19 Oct. 2019 The Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution entitles inmates to be free from a known and unreasonable risk of serious harm while in jail. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Stabbed inmate files federal lawsuit against Mobile Metro Jail," 2 Oct. 2019 Vote-sharing awards all the remainder votes to the party that has the most of them, and perhaps entitles that party—presumably Blue and White—to another seat. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Israeli Election Is Next Week, and Unprecedented Alliances Are Moving Against Netanyahu," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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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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