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Definition of carrot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    carrot

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈkærət//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a long, pointed, orange root vegetable grated carrots a pound of carrots
  2. 2[countable] a reward promised to someone in order to persuade them to do something synonym incentive They are holding out a carrot of $120 million in economic aid. It's a big carrot he's dangling in front of Marler's nose.
  3. Idioms
    the carrot and (the) stick (approach)
     
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    if you use the carrot and stick approach, you persuade someone to try harder by offering them a reward if they do, or a punishment if they do not The emphasis is on the carrot of incentive rather than the stick of taxes.
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