[ in-sen-ti-vahyz ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn tɪˌvaɪz /
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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.
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Also in·cent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/ .
Origin of incentivize
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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How to use incentivize in a sentence
This month, Uber and Lyft launched in Miami, the former incentivizing locals with $200 worth of free rides.
Employer- provided health care distorts labor markets by incentivizing workers to stay put.
British Dictionary definitions for incentivize
/ (ɪnˈsɛntɪˌvaɪz) /
- 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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