in·​cen·​tiv·​ize | \ in-ˈsen-tə-ˌvīz How to pronounce incentivize (audio) \
incentivized; incentivizing

Definition of incentivize

transitive verb

: to provide with an incentive would incentivize employees with stock options

Examples of incentivize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These first-in-nation EPR programs for plastic will assess and levy fees on products that use plastic packaging, with the goal to reduce plastic usage, incentivize the use of recyclable plastic, and provide funding for new recycling technology. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Jacobson asked Amy Trask, who was the first female CEO in the league and is now an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, if going to the sponsors and trying to apply pressure is a smart way to try to incentivize the NFL or force their hand. CBS News, 16 Oct. 2021 European leaders should explore opportunities and public-private partnerships to incentivize and catalyze the expansion of V2G. Mohamed El Aassar, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 President Biden is trying to coax and incentivize more Americans to get the jab. CBS News, 30 July 2021 Free cannabis joints are the latest in a series of gags across the country to incentivize people to get vaccinated. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 The state could implement a lottery or other program to incentivize people to get the vaccine - though that’s not something Alabama lawmakers have even discussed. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 3 July 2021 Sending a text message can cost less than a dime -- a stark contrast to the million-dollar lotteries some states are using to incentivize people to get vaccinated. Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, 29 June 2021 The effort includes partnering with companies to incentivize reluctant Americans to get their shot by promising giveaways and to spread information to certain demographics. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of incentivize

1960, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Incentivize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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