Definition of entice in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage.

    ‘a show that should entice a new audience into the theater’
    • ‘the treat is offered to entice the dog to eat’
    • ‘For those with jobs, this may not sound like a particularly enticing prospect.’
    • ‘The club has come up with an attractive membership pack to entice new members.’
    • ‘This was too enticing a prospect to let pass before we commenced our craft tour.’
    • ‘Looking for a quick lunch, we thought a pub meal may take too long to prepare, but were enticed by the appeal of the hot counter.’
    • ‘An art gallery is hoping to entice sweet-toothed visitors with its new exhibition.’
    • ‘It attracts a real cross-section of regulars, enticed by weekly live music and comedy and an evolving selection of cask ales.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean that they are easily enticed by new job offers, however.’
    • ‘The youth have to be enticed with offers of foreign tours and mobile phones to join the defense services.’
    • ‘A new expanded web site highlights the special services offered and its intricate design entices the visitor to explore each aspect.’
    • ‘It entices customers in with a market-beating introductory offer that rises after six months or so.’
    • ‘Now the wheedling has begun again, this time to entice me into the maw of the ultimate terror: parenthood.’
    • ‘When he refused, they then attempted to entice him to get in by offering him sweets.’
    • ‘Best of all, this is a very fresh and enticing album that'll leave you bouncing as you listen to the funky beats.’
    • ‘With its grass roof and its intriguing bridge, it immediately excites the curiosity, enticing you to cross it.’
    • ‘The notion of top-flight sides enticing contracted performers began to appear anachronistic.’
    • ‘India is painted vibrantly, enticing the audience to experience it for themselves.’
    • ‘Essential to making the event a success is enticing people to attend the party.’
    • ‘Small window displays built into the outside walls show enticing arrays of fresh fish and shellfish.’
    • ‘It's uplifting symphonic praise, enticing us musically back into the Age of Aquarius.’
    • ‘All these banks and credit-card companies are doing is enticing people to get into even more debt.’
    tempt, allure, lure, attract, dangle a carrot in front of
    tempting, alluring, attractive, appealing, fetching, inviting, glamorous, captivating, seductive
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/inˈtīs/ /ɪnˈtaɪs/ /enˈtīs/ /ɛnˈtaɪs/


Middle English (also in the sense ‘incite, provoke’; formerly also as intice): from Old French enticier, probably from a base meaning ‘set on fire’, based on an alteration of Latin titio ‘firebrand’.