[ in-sen-ti-vahyz ]
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verb (used with object),in·cen·ti·vized, in·cen·ti·viz·ing.
  1. to give incentives to: The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.

Origin of incentivize

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
  • Also in·cent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use incentivize in a sentence

  • Another would be to specifically incent or subsidize companies so they would continue carrying people with preexisting conditions.

    Carly's Cancer Warning | Dana Goldstein | November 20, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • You save-a me from da Ten, but you gitta da incent man-a kill.

    Dick Merriwell Abroad | Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for incentivize



/ (ɪnˈsɛntɪˌvaɪz) /

  1. (tr)

    • to provide (someone) with a good reason for wanting to do something: why not incentivize companies to relocate?

    • to promote (something) with a particular incentive: an incentivized share option scheme

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