- to give incentives to: The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.
Also in·cent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/.
Origin of incentivize
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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- to provide (someone) with a good reason for wanting to do somethingwhy not incentivize companies to relocate?
- to promote (something) with a particular incentivean incentivized share option scheme
Word Origin and History for incent
by 1992, U.S. government-speak, back-formation from incentive. Related: Incented; incenting.
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