incentivize

[ in-sen-ti-vahyz ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn tɪˌvaɪz /

verb (used with object), in·cen·ti·vized, in·cen·ti·viz·ing.

to give incentives to: The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.

Nearby words

  1. incenter,
  2. incentive,
  3. incentive pay,
  4. incentive travel,
  5. incentively,
  6. incept,
  7. inception,
  8. inceptisol,
  9. inceptive,
  10. inceptively

Also in·cent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/.

Origin of incentivize

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70

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British Dictionary definitions for incented

incentivize

incentivise

/ (ɪnˈsɛntɪˌvaɪz) /

verb

(tr)
  1. to provide (someone) with a good reason for wanting to do somethingwhy not incentivize companies to relocate?
  2. to promote (something) with a particular incentivean incentivized share option scheme
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Word Origin and History for incented

incentivize

v.

by 1970, from incentive + -ize. Related: Incentivized; incentivizing.

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