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 question, then, is how much the change would incentivize other players to jump. Joan Niesen,, "Potential Change to Transfer Rule Offers Intriguing Possibilities to Collegiate Athletics," 19 Jan. 2018 Both hosts and users are rated on timeliness and quality of samples and data to incentivize good behavior. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Be AirBnb for Gene Sequencers," 8 May 2018 Trump has reversed many of the federal policies underpinning the U.S. commitment to deal with global warming, seeking to incentivize coal production even as market factors have driven rapid-fire growth in renewables. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 The idea is to pay everyone $15,000 or so a year, enough to prevent anyone from starving but still low enough to incentivize people to try to work or start companies. Anchorage Daily News, "There’s a serious proposal to give babies born in the United States $20,000 (or more)," 9 Jan. 2018 Drug companies are offering coupons to customers to incentivize them to buy brand-name drugs rather than generics. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here's why it's a nightmare to lower U.S. drug prices," 3 May 2018 That raised concerns for Fox executives and advisers, who felt that such a plan could incentivize Comcast to agree to divestitures that would ultimately narrow the scope of the deal and potentially reduce the return for Fox shareholders. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "Fox Rejected Higher Comcast Bid Due to Antitrust Concerns," 19 Apr. 2018 California would be better off to encourage private recycling options, incentivize people to use EPS in more environmentally friendly ways, or wait until alternatives become more viable. Camille Harmer, Fortune, "How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse," 12 July 2018 Currently, Airbnb is piloting a number of tests designed to incentivize landlords and developers in several markets. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Airbnb's Newest Weapon Against Regulation: The Real Estate Industry," 3 July 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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