Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To attract by arousing hope or desire; lure: The promise of higher pay enticed me into the new job. See Synonyms at lure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lure; to attract by arousing desire or hope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw on, by exciting hope or desire; to allure; to attract. Often in a bad sense: To lead astray; to induce to evil; to tempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw on or induce by exciting hope or desire; incite by the presentation of pleasurable motives or ideas; allure; attract; invite; especially, in a bad sense, to allure or induce to evil.
  • Synonyms Lure, Decoy, etc. (see allure); tempt, inveigle, wheedle, cajole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

Etymologies

Middle English enticen, from Old French enticier, to instigate, possibly from Vulgar Latin *intītiāre, to set afire : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin tītiō, firebrand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French enticier < Vulgar Latin *intitiāre < Latin titiō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brilliant flowers and birds grace the collage surfaces and intriguing titles entice you into the inner thoughts of the artist.

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  • We need to understand that titles entice readers into reading a post, or they can also put them off!

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  • In late July, he implied that Mr. Anwar could use corrupt practices to "entice" MPs to join the opposition.

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  • Today she replies, and said that she had actually spent a drunken hour that night looking around the hotel for me in hopes to "entice" me up to her room since I'm just her type.

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  • Its like the post linked to in the OP I made - women learn their bodies are for someone elses sexuality, we "entice" this uncontrollable force.

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  • The study, carried out by researchers at the Department of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Science Education at the University of Haifa-Oranim, headed by Prof. Ido Izhaki along with Prof. Gidi Ne'eman, Prof. Moshe Inbar and Dr. Natarajan Singaravelan, examined whether these substances are intended to "entice" the bees or whether they are byproducts that are not necessarily linked to any such objective.

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  • The present study, carried out by researchers at the Department of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Science Education at the University of Haifa-Oranim, headed by Prof. Ido Izhaki along with Prof. Gidi Ne'eman, Prof. Moshe Inbar and Dr. Natarajan Singaravelan, examined whether these substances are intended to "entice" the bees or whether they are byproducts that are not necessarily linked to any such objective.

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  • The scientists from the University of Haifa examined whether the substances were intended to 'entice' bees or whether they were byproducts with no particular role.

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  • "I know he made a few changes in it to kind of entice the Republicans to come aboard, but unless there's something that really just rubs me the wrong way, I think what the president-elect has put forward is a very good plan," Burris said.

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  • A taxi driver, who was watching the couple in Tithebarn Street, close to the bus station, described seeing Purvis lift the youngster onto railings and try to "entice" her into his car.

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