- 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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Examples from the Web for incentivizes
Debate, as we saw last Wednesday night, sometimes over-rewards the glib one-liner, or incentivizes stubborn misrepresentation.Obama’s Debate Performance: How Twitter Has Done Us Wrong
October 10, 2012
Its members are the people who will most benefit from intelligent government action that incentivizes private-sector investment.Bill Clinton to the Rescue
September 5, 2011
But we need to place that brainpower within a framework of global action that incentivizes, encourages, and propels it forward.The Crisis We Forgot
March 3, 2009
- 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
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Word Origin and History for incentivizes
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