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Definition of entice verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

entice

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtaɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtaɪs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entice
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtaɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtaɪs//
 
he / she / it entices
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtaɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtaɪsɪz//
 
past simple enticed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtaɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtaɪst//
 
past participle enticed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtaɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtaɪst//
 
-ing form enticing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtaɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtaɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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to persuade somebody/something to go somewhere or to do something, usually by offering them something synonym persuade entice somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) The bargain prices are expected to entice customers away from other stores. a plan to entice mothers back to work The animal refused to be enticed from its hole. entice somebody into doing something He was not enticed into parting with his cash. entice somebody to do something Try and entice the child to eat by offering small portions of their favourite food. Word Origin 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’.
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