in·​cent in-ˈsent How to pronounce incent (audio)
incented; incenting; incents

Examples of incent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a stunning inversion of what an economic system should incent. Richard Vague, Fortune, 22 June 2023 Adding a raffle for a large prize—maybe a big television—may also incent some employee referrals. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 That said, people previously engaged with frequent flier programs represent the most likely candidates to proactively incent to travel again soon. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The editorial board writes that unlimited student loan forgiveness encourages student loan borrowers to enroll in expensive degree programs and doesn’t incent colleges and universities to lower tuition. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 The goal here is to incent short-term cooperation among industry participants to induce long-term thinking, irrespective of corporate capital allocation. Kevin Lynch, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Companies will incent these affluent consumers to share their personal data in exchange for high-quality on-the-go experiences. Forrester, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 But does your performance measurement system incent managers to lay the foundations for fast shifts when the circumstances call for them? Stephen Wunker, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Maryland was one of the first states to offer incentives with Governor Larry Hogan announcing a $100 payment to incent state employees to get the vaccine. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, 2 June 2021 See More

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Word History


back-formation from incentive

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incent was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Incent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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