Definition of carrot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkærət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærət//
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  1. 1   [uncountable, countable] a long pointed orange root vegetable grated carrot a pound of carrots See related entries: Vegetables
  2. 2[countable] a reward promised to somebody 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. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French carotte, from Latin carota, from Greek karōton.Extra examples to adopt the carrot-and-stick approach Even with the carrot of a free lunch it is unlikely that many people will turn up. He decided to use the carrot and stick approach. In a market economy profits are the carrot that encourages firms to take risks. It’s a big carrot he’s dangling in front of Marler’s nose. They are holding out a carrot of $120 million in economic aid.Idioms
    the carrot and (the) stick (approach)
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    if you use the carrot and stick approach, you persuade somebody 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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