Definitions

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

  • transitive 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To provide incentives for; to encourage.
  • v. To provide incentives to.

Etymologies

incentive +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I wonder why word-bloat like this happens.

    April 24, 2010

  • "He says he’s familiar with the album but he thought we were getting on the phone to talk about incentivizing heavy users in order to optimize the network resources blah blah and I’m like, Dude, if you ever use the word incentivize around me again I swear I will get in my Gulfstream and fly to wherever you are and I will smash you in the face with a rock."
    -Fake Steve Jobs

    December 12, 2009

  • This is not a G@D@#$%! word!!!

    June 11, 2009

  • December 14, 2006