se·​duce | \ si-ˈdüs How to pronounce seduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs \
seduced; seducing

Definition of seduce

transitive verb

1 : to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty
2 : to lead astray usually by persuasion or false promises
3 : to carry out the physical seduction of : entice to sexual intercourse
4 : attract

Other Words from seduce

seducer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for seduce

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 seduce in a Sentence

He tried to seduce her. She was seduced by an older man. The other team seduced him with a better offer.
Recent Examples on the Web Anthony DeSilva, who was charged in 2012 with numerous offenses, including use of a computer to seduce a child, but pleaded no contest to a single count of unlawful computer usage. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Robotaxis, especially with services like those above, will be able to seduce even more people away from car ownership, but the big question is, how many? Brad Templeton, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 And in another case of a trusted adult working to seduce children, how much time will a former Mayfield Heights teacher spend in prison for collecting lewd pictures of children, including his former students? Leila Atassi, cleveland, 20 Apr. 2022 When his disapproving mother hires a ham delivery driver (Cruz’s future husband, Javier Bardem) to seduce her, hilarity ensues. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 Wescott agreed to plead guilty to sending harmful matter with the intent to seduce a minor, a charge involving the older girl. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 Throughout the music video, Dua and Megan wear an array of outfits befitting of witches who seduce their meals: ornate black gowns, pastel corsets, glittery bodysuits, and over-the-knee boots. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Mar. 2022 Sneery, boy-crazy Gaynor (Dickinson's Gus Birney) is determined to seduce the cute, religious neighbor (Derek Luh), and perpetually awkward Jake (Dylan Gage) only makes eye contact with his VR headset. Kristen Baldwin,, 3 Mar. 2022 Not least, China has used its centrality to the global economy to seduce or coerce those who might resist its ambitions. Hal Brands, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seduce

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seduce

Late Latin seducere, from Latin, to lead away, from se- apart + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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12 May 2022

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“Seduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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se·​duce | \ si-ˈdüs How to pronounce seduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs \
seduced; seducing

Kids Definition of seduce

: to persuade (someone) to do something and especially to do something wrong She was seduced into crime.

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