Let's say your friend wants to go to the movies and you don't want to. Your friend might try to entice you by offering to buy you popcorn and a soda. Entice means to persuade with promises of something.

The word entice means to lure or tempt someone by promising them something that they like. It is a little manipulative but in a fairly straightforward way. You always know it when someone is enticing you. If a company really wants to hire you, they will entice you with a good salary and generous benefits. The promise of a gold star is often enough to entice small children to get good grades.

Definitions of entice

v provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

lure, tempt
show 8 types...
hide 8 types...
hook, snare
entice and trap
lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
lead on
entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken
entice through the use of music
lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy
lure, entice, or entrap with bait
Type of:
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.