[ 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.
Also in·cent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/.

Origin of incentivize

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incentivize



/ (ɪnˈsɛntɪˌvaɪz) /


  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 incentivize



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper