Entice meaning

ĕn-tīs'
The definition of entice is persuade or attract by offering pleasure.

When you convince your cat to come out from under the bed by offering a treat, this is an example of when you entice your cat.

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To invite someone to commit a wrongful or illegal act.
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To attract by offering hope of reward or pleasure; tempt; allure.
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To lure; to attract by arousing desire or hope.

I enticed the little bear into the trap with a pot of honey.

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To attract (someone), usually to do something, by arousing hope, interest, or desire.

The good review enticed me to see the movie.

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Origin of entice

  • Middle English enticen from Old French enticier to instigate possibly from Vulgar Latin intītiāre to set afire Latin in- in en–1 Latin tītiō firebrand
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French enticier < Vulgar Latin *intitiāre < Latin titiō.
    From Wiktionary