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

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seducer noun

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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.
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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Seduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seduce

: to persuade (someone) to have sex with you
: to persuade (someone) to do something


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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