[ loor ]
/ lʊər /
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verb (used with object), lured, lur·ing.

to attract, entice, or tempt; allure.
to draw or recall (especially a falcon), as by a lure or decoy.



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Idioms for lure

    in lure, Heraldry. noting a pair of wings joined with the tips downward.

Origin of lure

1350–1400; Middle English <Anglo-French, Old French luere (French leurre) <Frankish *lothr-, cognate with Middle High German luoder,German Luder bait


lurement, nounlurer, nounlur·ing·ly, adverbun·lured, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lure

/ (lʊə) /

verb (tr)

(sometimes foll by away or into) to tempt or attract by the promise of some type of reward
falconry to entice (a hawk or falcon) from the air to the falconer by a lure


a person or thing that lures
angling any of various types of brightly-coloured artificial spinning baits, usually consisting of a plastic or metal body mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers, etcSee jig, plug, spoon
falconry a feathered decoy to which small pieces of meat can be attached and which is equipped with a long thong

Derived forms of lure

lurer, noun

Word Origin for lure

C14: from Old French loirre falconer's lure, from Germanic; related to Old English lathian to invite
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