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lure

[loo r]
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noun
  1. anything that attracts, entices, or allures.
  2. the power of attracting or enticing.
  3. a decoy; live or especially artificial bait used in fishing or trapping.
  4. Falconry. a feathered decoy for attracting a hawk, swung at the end of a long line and sometimes baited with raw meat.
  5. a flap or tassel dangling from the dorsal fin of pediculate fishes, as the angler, that attracts prey to the mouth region.
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verb (used with object), lured, lur·ing.
  1. to attract, entice, or tempt; allure.
  2. to draw or recall (especially a falcon), as by a lure or decoy.
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Idioms
  1. in lure, Heraldry. noting a pair of wings joined with the tips downward.
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Origin of lure

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French luere (French leurre) < Frankish *lothr-, cognate with Middle High German luoder, German Luder bait
Related formslure·ment, nounlur·er, nounlur·ing·ly, adverbun·lured, adjective

Synonyms

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1. temptation. 6. seduce.

Antonyms

6. repel.
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Examples from the Web for lured

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  • But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • Nimrod and I had been lured to the Cuttle Fish ranch to go on a wolf hunt.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • It was more than this, however, that lured me back to Labrador.

  • Step by step I lured you on until you offered to make me your wife.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • He, too, it is who has lured you out here, to carry you away altogether.

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain


British Dictionary definitions for lured

lure

verb (tr)
  1. (sometimes foll by away or into) to tempt or attract by the promise of some type of reward
  2. falconry to entice (a hawk or falcon) from the air to the falconer by a lure
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noun
  1. a person or thing that lures
  2. angling any of various types of brightly-coloured artificial spinning baits, usually consisting of a plastic or metal body mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers, etcSee jig, plug, spoon
  3. falconry a feathered decoy to which small pieces of meat can be attached and which is equipped with a long thong
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Derived Formslurer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French loirre falconer's lure, from Germanic; related to Old English lathian to invite
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Word Origin and History for lured

lure

n.

early 14c., "something which allures or entices, an attraction" (a figurative use), also "bait for recalling hawks," from Anglo-French lure, Old French loirre "device used to recall hawks, lure," from Frankish *loþr or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *lothran "to call" (cf. Middle High German luoder, Middle Low German loder "lure, bait," German Luder "lure, deceit, bait;" also Old English laþian "to call, invite," German laden).

Originally a bunch of feathers on a long cord, from which the hawk is fed during its training. Used of means of alluring other animals (especially fish) from c.1700. Technically, bait is something the animal can eat; lure is a more general term. Also in 15c. a collective word for a group of young women.

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lure

v.

late 14c., of hawks, also of persons, from lure (n.). Related: Lured; luring.

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