lure

noun
\ ˈlu̇r How to pronounce lure (audio) \

Definition of lure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an object usually of leather or feathers attached to a long cord and used by a falconer to recall or exercise a hawk
2a : an inducement to pleasure or gain : enticement the lure of adventure the lure of her beauty
b : appeal, attraction may succumb to the lure of candy, sodas and other sweets— Cheryl Jennings-Sauer
3 : a decoy for attracting animals to capture: such as
a : artificial bait used for catching fish
b : an often luminous (see luminous sense 1a) structure on the head of pediculate fishes that is used to attract prey

lure

verb
lured; luring

Definition of lure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to recall or exercise (a hawk) by means of a lure
2 : to draw with a hint of pleasure or gain : attract actively and strongly

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Verb

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving. lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means. advertising designed to entice new customers inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering. fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice. attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment. tempted by the offer of money seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises. seduced by assurances of assistance

Examples of lure in a Sentence

Noun the promise of easy money is always the lure for some people to take up a life of crime the fish simply didn't seem to like the lure I was using, so I didn't catch a thing Verb They lured the bear out of its den. The suburbs are luring middle-class families away from the city. The police lured him back to the scene of the crime. Explorers were lured to the area by tales of a city of gold. An attractive window display can help to lure shoppers into the store.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since then, the NFT craze has cast a lure and driven NFT prices to an average of $4,000, with some going for over $1 million — far out of the average individual’s price range. Sidney Swift, Rolling Stone, 8 Dec. 2021 That lure was a given for the Cuban-American kid still in him at 51. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Dec. 2021 The gear can be as simple as a hand auger for drilling the hole, a bucket to sit on, an ice scoop, a short rod, and a lure. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2021 Events that may prove particularly fun to watch include dock diving and Fast CAT, a coursing ability test where individual dogs chase a lure in a 100-yard dash. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Nov. 2021 Cybercriminals are always waiting for the next big lure to bait their traps. Lee Mathews, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Miss Lynn became a nostalgic lure to tourists who stood in line once a month for her autograph, to give her a kiss or chat about the series. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The winning lure was a Strike-King 3XD crankbait, and as usual, finding the fish on electronics was an important part of the catch. Frank Sargeant, al, 15 Oct. 2021 Those programs have also helped players reach the NFL, another lure for prospective athletes. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Investigators believe Robinson uses this dating app, as well as the dating app Tagged, to lure victims, WUSA-TV reported. CBS News, 10 Jan. 2022 It is believed that Robinson used this Plenty of Fish dating app to lure his victims. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 8 Jan. 2022 As a result, employers have begun to pay more to retain their employees and lure in new applicants. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Maybe someone will try to lure Wayne Gretzky out of retirement... Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 Meta’s best bet to lure talent has been offering insanely high salaries. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 29 Dec. 2021 Before his arrival from Oracle, Google made a priority of developing new technologies to lure customers over traditional sales. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 Down to their fourth-string quarterback because of a COVID-19 outbreak, the Saints reportedly tried to lure ex-quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers out of retirement to play Monday against Miami, according to NOLA.com. San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Dec. 2021 Down to their fourth-string quarterback because of a COVID-19 outbreak, the New Orleans Saints reportedly tried to lure legendary quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers out of retirement to play against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of lure

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lure

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French lure, leure, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German luoder bait; perhaps akin to Old English lathian to invite, Old High German ladōn

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The first known use of lure was in the 14th century

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12 Jan 2022

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“Lure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lure. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for lure

lure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an appealing or attractive quality
: a device used for attracting and catching animals, birds, or especially fish

lure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause or persuade (a person or an animal) to go somewhere or to do something by offering some pleasure or gain

lure

noun
\ ˈlu̇r How to pronounce lure (audio) \

Kids Definition of lure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that attracts or tempts
2 : an artificial bait for catching fish

lure

verb
lured; luring

Kids Definition of lure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to tempt by offering pleasure or gain Men were lured by tales of treasure.

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