Definition of entitle in English:



  • 1Give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.

    ‘employees are normally entitled to redundancy pay’
    [with object and infinitive] ‘the landlord is entitled to require references’
    • ‘Only when these options are exhausted would you be entitled to terminate employment.’
    • ‘Where the employee has committed a serious breach of contract then this would of course entitle the employer to terminate the contract.’
    • ‘Within this time you are entitled to cancel the order and receive a full refund for unused goods.’
    • ‘If she is entitled to receive it for professional services rendered, then she must be paid.’
    • ‘Every natural and legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.’
    • ‘Have you claimed all the tax allowances and credits that you're entitled to?’
    • ‘If goods are not of satisfactory quality consumers are entitled to a legal remedy.’
    • ‘In this case, a concession was effectively a fiscal grant, entitling the holder to collect revenue from land worked by others.’
    • ‘He is entitled to remain silent and require the prosecution to prove its case.’
    • ‘A separate hearing will decide how much holiday and sickness pay he is entitled to.’
    • ‘Plus, you can claim up to twelve month's back-payments if you were entitled to claim earlier.’
    • ‘It is a bit of a mystery, and we are investigating why he did not receive the standard of service he was entitled to.’
    • ‘Owners frequently ask whether their boat warranty entitles them to a complete replacement or refund of the purchase price if the vessel proves defective.’
    • ‘He is entitled to claim that money back from the Commons as long as the office is not used for party politics.’
    • ‘Every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.’
    • ‘It was deemed that I was not entitled to benefit as I had not paid in enough in the last three years!’
    • ‘The decision of the competent authority or authorities which entitles the developer to proceed with the project.’
    • ‘Residents were granted 99-year lease agreements, entitling them to lease the land under their houses for between $36,000 and $46,000 upfront.’
    • ‘All four-year-old children are already entitled to receive free nursery education.’
    • ‘The issue is whether changing the licence plates on the leased vehicle constituted a breach of the lease agreement, thereby entitling the plaintiff by counterclaim to damages for breach of contract.’
    • ‘is a government-issued document or permit entitling its holder to prospect and extract minerals, together with associated privileges.’
    • ‘Those persons are not entitled to claim the rights and privileges under the Convention.’
    • ‘It is well established that patients are entitled to receive competent care.’
    • ‘If your tent is faulty or unfit for normal use you are entitled to a refund if you act quickly.’
    • ‘In particular, would she be entitled to claim any compensation if I asked her to move out either now or in the future?’
    • ‘Patients are entitled to receive health care on the basis of clinical need.’
    • ‘Meanwhile he was not entitled to any pay and could not be asked to do any work.’
    qualify, make eligible, authorize, sanction, allow, permit, grant, give the right, grant the right, give permission
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  • 2Give (something) a particular title.

    ‘a satire entitled ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy’’
    • ‘De Botton presents us Xavier de Maistre, a Frenchman who, in 1790, undertook a journey around his bedroom, later entitling an account of what he had seen ‘Journey Around My Bedroom’.’
    1. 2.1archaic [with object and complement]Give (someone) a specified title expressing their rank, office, or character.
      ‘they entitled him Sultan’
      title, name, call, give the title of, label, term, designate, dub
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Late Middle English (formerly also as intitle): via Old French from late Latin intitulare, from in- in + Latin titulus title.