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[with object]
  • 1often be entitled toGive (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.

    ‘employees are normally entitled to redundancy pay’
    • ‘the landlord is entitled to require references’
    • ‘If she is entitled to receive it for professional services rendered, then she must be paid.’
    • ‘In particular, would she be entitled to claim any compensation if I asked her to move out either now or in the future?’
    • ‘He is entitled to claim that money back from the Commons as long as the office is not used for party politics.’
    • ‘Plus, you can claim up to twelve month's back-payments if you were entitled to claim earlier.’
    • ‘Those persons are not entitled to claim the rights and privileges under the Convention.’
    • ‘All four-year-old children are already entitled to receive free nursery education.’
    • ‘If goods are not of satisfactory quality consumers are entitled to a legal remedy.’
    • ‘It is well established that patients are entitled to receive competent care.’
    • ‘Patients are entitled to receive health care on the basis of clinical need.’
    • ‘Every natural and legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.’
    • ‘Every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.’
    • ‘A separate hearing will decide how much holiday and sickness pay he is entitled to.’
    • ‘Meanwhile he was not entitled to any pay and could not be asked to do any work.’
    • ‘It is a bit of a mystery, and we are investigating why he did not receive the standard of service he was entitled to.’
    • ‘Within this time you are entitled to cancel the order and receive a full refund for unused goods.’
    • ‘Have you claimed all the tax allowances and credits that you're entitled to?’
    • ‘Only when these options are exhausted would you be entitled to terminate employment.’
    • ‘If your tent is faulty or unfit for normal use you are entitled to a refund if you act quickly.’
    • ‘It was deemed that I was not entitled to benefit as I had not paid in enough in the last three years!’
    • ‘He is entitled to remain silent and require the prosecution to prove its case.’
    • ‘The issue is whether changing the licence plates on the leased vehicle constituted a breach of the lease agreement, thereby entitling the plaintiff by counterclaim to damages for breach of contract.’
    • ‘Owners frequently ask whether their boat warranty entitles them to a complete replacement or refund of the purchase price if the vessel proves defective.’
    • ‘is a government-issued document or permit entitling its holder to prospect and extract minerals, together with associated privileges.’
    • ‘In this case, a concession was effectively a fiscal grant, entitling the holder to collect revenue from land worked by others.’
    • ‘The decision of the competent authority or authorities which entitles the developer to proceed with the project.’
    • ‘Where the employee has committed a serious breach of contract then this would of course entitle the employer to terminate the contract.’
    • ‘Residents were granted 99-year lease agreements, entitling them to lease the land under their houses for between $36,000 and $46,000 upfront.’
    qualify, make eligible, authorize, sanction, allow, permit, grant, give the right, grant the right, give permission
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  • 2Give (something) a particular title.

    ‘a satire entitled ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy’’
    • ‘De Botton presents us Xavier de Maistre, a Frenchman who, in 1790, undertook a journey around his bedroom, later entitling an account of what he had seen ‘Journey Around My Bedroom’.’
    1. 2.1 archaic with object and complement Give (someone) a specified title expressing their rank, office, or character.
      • ‘they entitled him Sultan’
      title, name, call, give the title of, label, term, designate, dub
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/ɪnˈtʌɪt(ə)l/ /ɛnˈtʌɪt(ə)l/


Late Middle English (formerly also as intitle): via Old French from late Latin intitulare, from in- ‘in’ + Latin titulus ‘title’.