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

Examples from the Web for incentivizes

Contemporary Examples of incentivizes

  • Debate, as we saw last Wednesday night, sometimes over-rewards the glib one-liner, or incentivizes stubborn misrepresentation.

  • Its members are the people who will most benefit from intelligent government action that incentivizes private-sector investment.

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    Bill Clinton to the Rescue

    John Avlon

    September 5, 2011

  • But we need to place that brainpower within a framework of global action that incentivizes, encourages, and propels it forward.

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    The Crisis We Forgot

    Tony Blair

    March 3, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for incentivizes




  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for incentivizes



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper