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 Increasing menu prices to meet the $15 minimum wage mandate could then incentivize people to eat at home more often, thereby decreasing the ability of bars and restaurants to make up for rising labor costs. Ted O'neil, Washington Examiner, "Minimum wage hikes to further impact businesses next year," 28 Dec. 2020 One proposal would incentivize DAFs to spend their principal within 15 years. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: MacKenzie Scott shows philanthropists ‘the way’," 23 Dec. 2020 What is the best way to incentivize crop producers to adopt climate-friendly practices? Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Agriculture Industry Bets on Carbon as a New Cash Crop," 23 Dec. 2020 As Jon Lindsay, a professor at University of Toronto, points out, the success of deterrence outside of cyberspace can incentivize and shape state behavior within cyberspace. Erica Borghard, Wired, "Russia's Hack Wasn't Cyberwar. That Complicates US Strategy," 17 Dec. 2020 Does this action incentivize future borrowers to borrow even more? Thomas W. Miller Jr., National Review, "Slow the Roll in the Student-Loan Market," 15 Dec. 2020 OKEx’s native token, which serves as a user loyalty program to incentivize trades, plunged 14%, according to data tracker CoinMarketCap. Zheping Huang,, "Chinese Police Investigation Halts Withdrawals at Cryptoexchange OKEx," 16 Oct. 2020 If confirmed as energy secretary, Ms. Granholm would oversee U.S. scientific research and the country’s nuclear arsenal, and could help incentivize the development of low-carbon energy sources through the distribution of federal loans. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "Biden to Pick Jennifer Granholm, Gina McCarthy for Energy, Climate Roles," 16 Dec. 2020 Local businesspeople also hope that World Heritage status will incentivize the government to restore Soviet-era structures that are exposed to the elements and, in some places, on the verge of falling apart. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ukraine Seeks to Designate Chernobyl as a Unesco World Heritage Site," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of incentivize

1960, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Incentivize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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