To entail is to involve. A job at a movie theater might entail sweeping popcorn off the floor, probably because watching a movie entails eating popcorn in the dark. It’s a small price to pay!

The word entail, which comes from Latin, is connected to the idea of preconditions. If you want something, you better figure out what it entails. If it’s only 8 o’clock and you want to see a movie at 9, that will entail waiting for an hour. If you want to stay out of trouble, that will entail calling your parents and letting them know you're going to be late. That’s what being responsible entails!

Definitions of entail
  1. verb
    have as a logical consequence
    synonyms: imply, mean
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    type of:
    cause to be a concomitant
  2. verb
    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
    “What does this move entail?”
    synonyms: implicate
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    type of:
    tend to or result in
  3. verb
    limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
    synonyms: fee-tail
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    type of:
    bequeath, leave, will
    leave or give by will after one's death
  4. noun
    land received by fee tail
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    type of:
    acres, demesne, estate, land, landed estate
    extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
  5. noun
    the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple
    synonyms: entailment
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    type of:
    the action of changing something
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