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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.
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Also in·cent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/.

Origin of incentivize

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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Related Words for incentivized

encourage, motivate, stimulate, boost, excite, tap, galvanize, actuate, impel, incite, innervate, inspire, lead, move, propel, rouse, energize

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British Dictionary definitions for incentivized



  1. (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 incentivized



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

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