- 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.
- to call by a particular title or name: What was the book entitled?
- to designate (a person) by an honorary title.
Origin of entitle
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Examples from the Web for entitle
He even went so far as to entitle one blog post (since sadly deleted) “How To Succeed at Failure.”Can Richard Branson Bounce Back From His Space Disaster?
November 3, 2014
In the Vanity Fair piece, Lawrence defended her celebrity status and said that that did not entitle people to her body.‘The Fappening’ Perpetuators Have a J.Law Come-to-Jesus Moment and ‘Cower With Shame’
October 8, 2014
Teenagers can pay taxes; that alone should entitle them to a voice in the political process.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too
October 6, 2014
Different contracts may entitle Chesapeake to charge varying amounts.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
Hint: It does not entitle him to the right to do damage to the Republican brand.Let Ron Paul Speak at the Tampa Convention?
January 13, 2012
But my new position in the house seemed to entitle me to this much liberty, for once.In the Valley
What pretensions has he that should entitle him to dream of you, Pauline?
What he had was at Aughkeely, and this was not sufficient to entitle him to vote.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Oh, what you ask is not difficult enough to entitle me to that name.The Queen's Necklace
Alexandre Dumas pre
My object is such as to entitle my words to your respect, not resentment.A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike
- to give (a person) the right to do or have something; qualify; allow
- to give a name or title to
- to confer a title of rank or honour upon
Word Origin and History for entitle
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.