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entitle

[en-tahyt-l]
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verb (used with object), en·ti·tled, en·ti·tling.
  1. to give (a person or thing) a title, right, or claim to something; furnish with grounds for laying claim: His executive position entitled him to certain courtesies rarely accorded others.
  2. to call by a particular title or name: What was the book entitled?
  3. to designate (a person) by an honorary title.
Also intitle.

Origin of entitle

1350–1400; Middle English entitlen < Anglo-French entitler, variant of Middle French entituler < Late Latin intitulāre. See en-1, title
Related formspre·en·ti·tle, verb (used with object), pre·en·ti·tled, pre·en·ti·tling.sub·en·ti·tle, verb (used with object), sub·en·ti·tled, sub·en·ti·tling.un·en·ti·tled, adjectivewell-en·ti·tled, adjective

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authorize, qualify.
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entitle

verb (tr)
  1. to give (a person) the right to do or have something; qualify; allow
  2. to give a name or title to
  3. to confer a title of rank or honour upon
Derived Formsentitlement, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French entituler, from Late Latin intitulāre, from Latin titulus title
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Word Origin and History for entitle

v.

late 14c., "to give a title to a chapter, book, etc.," from Anglo-French entitler, Old French entiteler (Modern French intituler), from Late Latin intitulare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + titulus "title" (see title (n.)).

Meaning "to bestow (on a person) a rank or office" is mid-15c. Sense of "to give (someone) 'title' to an estate or property," hence to give that person a claim to possession or privilege, is mid-15c.; this now is used mostly in reference to circumstances and actions. Related: Entitled; entitling.

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