en·​tice | \ in-ˈtīs How to pronounce entice (audio) , en- \
enticed; enticing

Definition of entice

transitive verb

: to attract artfully or adroitly or by arousing hope or desire : tempt

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enticement \ in-​ˈtī-​smənt How to pronounce entice (audio) , en-​ \ 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 entice in a Sentence

every commercial seemed to be for some tempting snack specifically designed to entice me from my diet
Recent Examples on the Web In regulatory filings, companies often argue that retention bonuses entice executives and other key employees to stay and repair what's ailing the firm. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 7 Oct. 2021 Other districts have increased pay to entice applicants. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 1 Oct. 2021 How can northwest Colorado entice and manage visitors, protect natural landscapes like the Green River’s stunning Gates of Lodore and prop up an economy girding for the looming departure of coal mining? Jason Blevins, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 This is the next step for social media marketing, as these innovations can elevate the online shopping experience and entice users. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The incentive kicks off Thursday and is for county residents age 12 and older who are eligible for a vaccine, with officials hoping to entice younger adults and teens as only 54% of county residents ages 16 to 29 have received their first shot. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2021 Innovative health insurance companies and other vendors offer insurance options that either exclude the most expensive hospitals and doctors or entice plan members to seek specialty services from providers with a superior track record. Robert Galvin, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Hoping to entice individuals to enroll in school, FPL’s donation to the programs will provide around 400 laptops at Broward College, 500 at Miami-Dade College, 445 at Palm Beach State College and 300 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Dec. 2020 The state of Hawaii launched a program on Monday hoping to entice people to work remotely from the islands. NBC News, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of entice

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for entice

Middle English, from Anglo-French enticer, from Vulgar Latin *intitiare, from Latin in- + titio firebrand

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“Entice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entice. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of entice

: to attract (someone) especially by offering or showing something that is appealing, interesting, etc.


en·​tice | \ in-ˈtīs How to pronounce entice (audio) \
enticed; enticing

Kids Definition of entice

: to attract by raising hope or desire : tempt Glittery window displays enticed shoppers.

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