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

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For instance, empathic teams collaborate more effectively, and businesses that incentivize kindness enjoy greater morale and loyalty. Washington Post, "Empathy is on the decline in this country. A new book describes what we can do to bring it back.," 11 June 2019 The hope is that making the data free will incentivize more companies to teach their AI Icelandic. Caitlin Hu, Quartz, "Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future," 2 June 2019 To generate revenue from Medicare and to incentivize patients to use its drugs, Actelion referred Medicare patients to the foundation. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "J&J’s Actelion to Pay $360 Million in Federal Probe of Payments to Charity," 6 Dec. 2018 Epic settled on a unique scoring system for the Summer Skirmish final, one informed by those previous tournaments and tweaked to incentivize a solid blend of conservative camping and aggressive combat. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic’s Summer Skirmish series was a beta for the future of competitive Fortnite," 6 Sep. 2018 When President Trump signed the Opportunity Zone program into law as part of the 2017 tax overhaul, the administration said the goal was to incentivize investment in economically distressed areas. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Luxury Developers in Miami Eye Low-Income Tax Breaks," 30 Apr. 2019 The Clinton profit-sharing initiative, though worthy in its way, was designed as a somewhat opaque tax measure that would incentivize companies to adopt profit-sharing plans. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Slack monthly reviews Source: WSJ analysis of Glassdoor data Glassdoor warns companies not to coerce employees to post positive reviews or to incentivize them to do so with money or prizes. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings," 22 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, CEO pay has soared as executive compensation has been redesigned to incentivize shareholder gains, and the CEOs have delivered. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of incentivize

1960, in the meaning defined above

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