entitle

Use the verb entitle to mean "give a right to." At some schools, being a senior might entitle students to go out for lunch on Fridays.

The most common use of entitle is the one you might see on a coupon, like one for a free ride at the state fair that entitles the holder to one free ride on the Octopus of Terror. When you entitle someone, you give them a claim to something, like when you entitle someone the best goalie in Canada, or make someone a member of the noble class, like when the Queen entitles, or gives a title to, a worthy person.

Definitions of entitle
  1. verb
    give the right to
    “The Freedom of Information Act entitles you to request your FBI file”
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    type of:
    authorise, authorize, empower
    give or delegate power or authority to
  2. verb
    give a title to
    synonyms: title
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    types:
    proclaim
    declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
    type of:
    call, name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  3. verb
    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    synonyms: ennoble, gentle
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    types:
    baronetise, baronetize
    confer baronetcy upon
    lord
    make a lord of someone
    dub, knight
    raise (someone) to knighthood
    type of:
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
Commonly confused words

entitle / title

To entitle means to give someone a rank or right, like if your perfect attendance entitles you to free ice cream at lunch. A title is the name of something, like the title of a song you wrote about ice cream.

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