verb (used with object), lured, lur·ing.
Origin of lure
Synonyms for lure
Antonyms for lure
Related Words for luredecoy, delusion, hook, camouflage, fake, gimmick, trick, temptation, come-on, seduction, incentive, attraction, call, appeal, illusion, inducement, draw, bribe, snare, pull
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Contemporary Examples of lure
The lure and addiction of gaming—which went back to pinball, of course—became a sensation with Asteroids.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Still, despite the fairytale, campaigns pour good money after bad to lure this vote.Reality Check: There Are No Swing Voters
November 13, 2014
As a lure for the ambitious, Silicon Valley and San Francisco are replacing Wall Street.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
You know you should walk away but the lure of the cover is just too much.Newsweek's Nonsense "Who'd Be Kate" Survey
September 26, 2014
Adventure sports and mountaineering could lure in travelers during the off season, but they are still limited.Can Traditional Bhutan Survive Tourism?
August 17, 2014
Historical Examples of lure
Much has been said concerning the efficacy of the Water Fly as a lure.
Here, they are brazenly advertised as "afternoon teas" to lure the unwary.Government by the Brewers?
But by degrees he was once more ensnared by the lure of the gaming table.Casanova's Homecoming
Better still, if I could throw temptation in his way, and lure him on to rob me.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
All sorts of deceptions are used to lure folk into the mountain gorges.The Chinese Fairy Book
Word Origin for lure
early 14c., "something which allures or entices, an attraction" (a figurative use), also "bait for recalling hawks," from Anglo-French lure, Old French loirre "device used to recall hawks, lure," from Frankish *loþr or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *lothran "to call" (cf. Middle High German luoder, Middle Low German loder "lure, bait," German Luder "lure, deceit, bait;" also Old English laþian "to call, invite," German laden).
Originally a bunch of feathers on a long cord, from which the hawk is fed during its training. Used of means of alluring other animals (especially fish) from c.1700. Technically, bait is something the animal can eat; lure is a more general term. Also in 15c. a collective word for a group of young women.
late 14c., of hawks, also of persons, from lure (n.). Related: Lured; luring.