Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To allure; to lay a bait for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To allure; to lay a bait for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bait; allure with bait; allure; tempt.

Etymologies

Latin inescatus, past participle of inescare; in- in + esca bait. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Proteus-like, in all forms and disguises, that go abroad in the night, to inescate and beguile young women, or to have their pleasure of other men's wives; and, if we may believe [5220] some relations, they have wardrobes of several suits in the colleges for that purpose.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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