in·​cen·​tiv·​ize | \ in-ˈsen-tə-ˌvīz \
incentivized; incentivizing

Definition of incentivize

transitive verb

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

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The groups receive a fair price for their raw materials to incentivize conservation of existing resources, rather than converting land to industrial agriculture. Eviana Hartman, Vogue, "Francisco Costa is Back—With the Chicest Sustainable Beauty Brand You’ve Ever Seen," 16 Dec. 2018 On days when your motivation wanes, incentivize yourself with a mini reward system, suggests Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 And even those lefties who are genuinely committed to socializing the means of production are, typically, quite comfortable with the survival of material inequality within a narrow band (to incentivize and reward socially useful labor). Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’," 25 May 2018 Yet there are times when the topic of study widens, and an inquiry into a business issue raises questions about business in general, and what our economic system should be calibrated to incentivize and allow. John Benjamin, The New Republic, "Business Class," 14 May 2018 True to their mission to incentivize innovation in conservation technologies, Conservation X Labs plans to launch a roughly $10,000 cash prize this spring for a field-ready DNA-extraction protocol for wood. Virginia Gewin, The Atlantic, "A Handheld DNA Scanner Could Crack Down on Wildlife Identity Theft," 9 Feb. 2018 The bottled-water industry says using more recycled plastic in bottles will incentivize collection of old bottles by giving them value. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis," 12 Dec. 2018 For years, transit advocates have complained that federal tax law rewards those who choose to drive to work and fails to incentivize using public transit. Washington Post, "With new tax law, will employers continue to subsidize your commute?," 6 Jan. 2018 Without the ability to incentivize this development by temporarily using property tax revenues generated by the project to support its public improvements, there’s little reason to believe the land would be more than a field of Texas weeds. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "Tax breaks for one development shows why they can be good for a city," 1 June 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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