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 Clearly the financial savings incentivize us to do tankering. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "A common cost-saving practice of airlines trashes the planet in the process," 11 Nov. 2019 The Sanders plan would incentivize marijuana businesses to be structured like nonprofits and prohibit marketing to young people. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democratic candidates said to be "blindsided" by Trump's trip to HBCU," 24 Oct. 2019 In addition, Buttigieg would incentivize private companies to work with state and local governments on resilience planning. Priscilla Thompson, NBC News, "Pete Buttigieg to unveil disaster relief plan in South Carolina," 17 Sep. 2019 How the earlier trial date could encourage an earlier settlement The accelerated litigation timetable should incentivize the two sides to hasten their settlement discussions. Michael Mccann,, "Earlier-Than-Expected Trial Date Alters Strategy for USWNT, U.S. Soccer," 20 Aug. 2019 To help incentivize the creation of new antibiotics, last year the FDA set up a program called the Limited Population Pathway for Antibacterial and Antifungal Drugs, or LPAD pathway. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis," 16 Aug. 2019 The system is set, intentionally or not, to financially incentivize interventions and heroic measures. Mike Oliver |, al, "My Vinyl Countdown preparing or the last post -- I need another 30 months," 10 Aug. 2019 Congress could also choose to adopt privacy regulations that either incentivize strong security practices or punish negligent behavior. Mike Chapple For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "How taking Social Security numbers public could fix our data breach crisis," 5 June 2019 The country’s commitment to environmental transparency can incentivize companies to mitigate supply-chain emissions. Ma Jun, Time, "How China Can Truly Lead the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of incentivize

1960, in the meaning defined above

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