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entice (someone or something) into (something)

1. To appeal to someone or an animal in some way, in order to convince them to do something. My parents are trying to use money to entice me into getting better grades—and it's working!
2. To appeal to someone or an animal in some way, in order to convince them to physically enter something. What can we use to entice the animals into the trap? I enticed the kids into the car with the promise of ice cream.
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entice (someone or something) with (something)

To use something appealing to convince someone or an animal to do something. We enticed the animals with some food and got them into the trap. I enticed the kids with the promise of ice cream.
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entice someone

(or an animal) into doing something to lure or cajole someone or an animal into doing something. We finally enticed him into running for office. Donna enticed the cat into coming down from the tree.


someone (or an animal) into something to lure someone or an animal into something. Can I entice you into the house for some cold lemonade? We were able to entice the squirrel into the box with nuts.


someone or an animal with something to lure someone or an animal with something. We tried to entice him with a description of the cake, but he was not interested in coming. If the cat won't come in, try enticing it with a bit of fish.
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Once a feeding frenzy starts, the fish are primed for an offering of fresh kapenta, enticingly threaded onto a hook, or a spinner dressed with a strip fillet, or better yet, a large noisy surface lure, tossed and chugged to attract the mamma of all fish.
As the float gets carried along with the flow the suspended bait, usually a maggot, sways enticingly in the current, making it a deadly method.
Led by musician Alan Pagan onstage, it's an enticingly dark soundtrack, like Sigur Ros meets Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)'s minor key plinky-plonky melancholy.
As food plays a big role in the celebration of Ramadan, we ensure that our dishes are not only enticingly appetizing but highly nutritious as well.
One of our readers drew our attention to a Huffington Post listicle published today, enticingly titled "The 7 Most Exclusive Secret Societies in History.
WNO's new season is rather enticingly branded Fallen Women and once again artistic director and chief executive David Pountney is shaking up the company's repertoire by introducing two operas which aren't in the mainstream.
Competing in her first Rolex Sydney Hobart last year, this Elliott-designed 44-foot cruiser/racer finished an enticingly good 36th overall, fourth in IRC Division 2 and fifth in ORCi Division 2, which has persuaded Phil Simpfendorfer, a competitive Victorian racer, back for another tilt with some of his crew from last year.
The stomach-churning skywalk, enticingly called Step Into the Void, has just opened on top of a 12,600ft Alpine peak in the French ski resort of Chamonix.
Then comes a night of flood and donkey alarm calls alert all to the danger: a good story so well worded it reads aloud really well and enticingly illustrated.
Aida, Chisinau National Opera New Alexandra Theatre BILLED, enticingly, as containing "amazing fire effects", audiences of producer/director Ellen Kent's Aida will have been disappointed.
Each chapter ends leading enticingly into the next, compelling the reader to read on.
Relax in the confines of a simple tatami room, look out at an exquisite private garden while sipping delicious green tea, enjoy an enticingly warm 'ofuro' bath and return to your room for a fabulous 'kaiseki' traditional Japanese meal.
With You Everyday is another blues - but the rest of the album is an enticingly eclectic exercise.
Hovering near the bottom of the water column, brightly colored, baited hooks wiggle enticingly as they drift in the current.