Definition of seduce in US English:

seduce

verb

[with object]
  • 1Entice (someone) into sexual activity.

    ‘a lawyer had seduced a female client’
    • ‘In every romance, every relationship, one is seduced.’
    • ‘I made most of the phone calls to get people into the movie and didn't try to seduce anyone.’
    • ‘The samurai wants to seduce the cute girl but she rejects his advances.’
    • ‘Perhaps she would completely seduce him in the next week.’
    • ‘The girl had never so easily seduced a man.’
    • ‘He sets out to seduce Judy, the most attractive young woman in sight.’
    • ‘I heard a rumor, freshman year, that he once tried to seduce every single female teacher in the school.’
    persuade someone to have sexual intercourse, take away someone's innocence
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    1. 1.1 Attract (someone) to a belief or into a course of action that is inadvisable or foolhardy.
      ‘they should not be seduced into thinking that their success ruled out the possibility of a relapse’
      • ‘Even pet lovers may be seduced by the possibilities of cloning.’
      • ‘Consumers were easily seduced into buying more for less.’
      • ‘The master storyteller has been seduced by the lure of technology.’
      • ‘When life is so short, why is it that some of us are seduced into working with difficult, unreasonable, and obnoxious people?’
      • ‘He was seduced into the unionist country house set very early on.’
      • ‘Particularly notable, Zimbardo said, is that people are seduced into evil by dehumanizing and labeling others.’
      • ‘Because of feminism's many successes, women have been seduced into submission once again.’
      • ‘It amazes him how people get seduced by the bogus trappings of fame.’
      • ‘He was seduced into politics and fell victim to the hubristic notion that he, and he alone, could once again be France's saviour.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, we are easily seduced into thinking popularisation of such a subject is, by definition, a bad thing.’
      • ‘Thus, those having any sense of the wrongness of the activity must be seduced.’
      • ‘She appreciates its particular qualities without allowing herself to be seduced by its insidious charms.’
      • ‘The opponent is easily seduced into long, lob style passes and dribbling into trouble.’
      attract, allure, lure, tempt, entice, beguile, cajole, wheedle, ensnare, charm, captivate, enchant, hypnotize, mesmerize, tantalize, titillate, bewitch, ravish, inveigle, lead astray, trap
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    2. 1.2 Attract powerfully.
      ‘the melody seduces the ear with warm string tones’
      • ‘What he doesn't do is seduce the audience with his nihilistic charm.’
      • ‘He has seduced audiences with his charismatic portrayals of characters for 57 years.’
      • ‘Olson is an electrifying performer, who seduces her audiences with wit and energy.’
      • ‘To begin with, he relies on the sound of language to seduce the reader.’
      • ‘The delicate layers of percussion, viola, double bass, trumpet and flugelhorn soothe and seduce the ears, but it's Williams' tender vocals that lull the listener into submission.’
      • ‘By the end of my first day there, Lisbon had completely seduced me.’
      • ‘With its opening driving bass rhythms and subdued organ entrance you are immediately seduced by its hypnotic beat.’

Origin

Late 15th century (originally in the sense ‘persuade (someone) to abandon their duty’): from Latin seducere, from se- ‘away, apart’ + ducere ‘to lead’.

Pronunciation

seduce

/səˈd(j)us//səˈd(y)o͞os/