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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encourage, motivate, stimulate, boost, excite, tap, galvanize, actuate, impel, incite, innervate, inspire, lead, move, propel, rouse, energize
- incentive pay,
- incentive travel,
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 incentivizing
Employer- provided health care distorts labor markets by incentivizing workers to stay put.
- 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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