Definition of entice in English:



  • Attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage:

    ‘a show which should entice a new audience into the theatre’
    [with object and infinitive] ‘the treat is offered to entice the dog to eat’
    • ‘An art gallery is hoping to entice sweet-toothed visitors with its new exhibition.’
    • ‘For those with jobs, this may not sound like a particularly enticing prospect.’
    • ‘With its grass roof and its intriguing bridge, it immediately excites the curiosity, enticing you to cross it.’
    • ‘Small window displays built into the outside walls show enticing arrays of fresh fish and shellfish.’
    • ‘India is painted vibrantly, enticing the audience to experience it for themselves.’
    • ‘Now the wheedling has begun again, this time to entice me into the maw of the ultimate terror: parenthood.’
    • ‘The notion of top-flight sides enticing contracted performers began to appear anachronistic.’
    • ‘A new expanded web site highlights the special services offered and its intricate design entices the visitor to explore each aspect.’
    • ‘It entices customers in with a market-beating introductory offer that rises after six months or so.’
    • ‘The youth have to be enticed with offers of foreign tours and mobile phones to join the defense services.’
    • ‘Looking for a quick lunch, we thought a pub meal may take too long to prepare, but were enticed by the appeal of the hot counter.’
    • ‘Essential to making the event a success is enticing people to attend the party.’
    • ‘It's uplifting symphonic praise, enticing us musically back into the Age of Aquarius.’
    • ‘It attracts a real cross-section of regulars, enticed by weekly live music and comedy and an evolving selection of cask ales.’
    • ‘The club has come up with an attractive membership pack to entice new members.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean that they are easily enticed by new job offers, however.’
    • ‘All these banks and credit-card companies are doing is enticing people to get into even more debt.’
    • ‘This was too enticing a prospect to let pass before we commenced our craft tour.’
    • ‘When he refused, they then attempted to entice him to get in by offering him sweets.’
    • ‘Best of all, this is a very fresh and enticing album that'll leave you bouncing as you listen to the funky beats.’
    tempting, alluring, attractive, appealing, fetching, inviting, glamorous, captivating, seductive
    enchanting, beguiling, charming, fascinating, intriguing, tantalizing, magnetic
    tempt, allure, lure, attract, dangle a carrot in front of
    appeal to, invite, persuade, convince, inveigle, induce, beguile, cajole, wheedle, coax, woo
    seduce, lead astray, lead on, decoy
    sweet-talk, smooth-talk
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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.