American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To offer incentives or an incentive to; motivate: "This bill will help incentivize everybody to solve that part of the problem” ( Richard A. Gephardt).
- incentive + -ize (Wiktionary)
“The only difference is that it would "incentivize" those who are in Mankiw's position as well as his "fellow motorists" to preserve gasoline.”
“The real reason for raising or reducing marginal tax rates is to "incentivize" behavior.”
“Finally, the feds could choose to pressure ( "incentivize") states and cities to straighten out their own affairs through loans to which they attach stringent conditions.”
“Finally, I don't think anyone can "incentivize" anything since that is not a word used in the English language.”
“In both cases, if the couple (in social context, overwhelmingly, mother) decides not to do what the government is offering the money to "incentivize" them to do, they are penalized $20,000, winding up with an effective after tax income of $50,000.”
“Sure, we can "incentivize" against the current form of corporate bad behavior, but then we can just sit back and wait for that bad behavior to morph into a new, perhaps more sophisticated form.”
“If the plan really paralleled Treasury Secretary's Timothy Geithner's proposal for dealing with Wall Street's toxic assets, it would "incentivize" the hedge funds to buy up hundreds of thousands or millions of cars, and hold them for later sale, when the overall economy improves.”
“BORGER: ... by a Treasury source that they're looking for ways to kind of incentivize responsible lending, so that maybe this -- the lending would ease up from the banks, because the banks, as Candy points out, are rightly asking, look, we were too loose back then.”
“And with that, Hillary left open the question each of the major candidates need to answer: If the insurance industry is the problem, do we want them to be the centerpiece of an expanded system of subsidies and regulations to try to "incentivize" or force them to cover everyone?”
“Hence IIE's president Allen Goodman's admiration for Carnegie-Mellon and Texas A&M, which he says "incentivize" it, and for NYU's Dr. Sexton, who "is talking about sending every professor and student to Doha.”
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