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[en-tahyt-l] /ɛnˈtaɪt l/
verb (used with object), entitled, entitling.
to give (a person or thing) a title, right, or claim to something; furnish with grounds for laying claim:
His executive position entitled him to certain courtesies rarely accorded others.
to call by a particular title or name:
What was the book entitled?
to designate (a person) by an honorary title.
Also, intitle.
Origin of entitle
1350-1400; Middle English entitlen < Anglo-French entitler, variant of Middle French entituler < Late Latin intitulāre. See en-1, title
Related forms
preentitle, verb (used with object), preentitled, preentitling.
subentitle, verb (used with object), subentitled, subentitling.
unentitled, adjective
well-entitled, adjective
authorize, qualify. Unabridged
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  • The dance achieved that brightness and joviality which entitle a dance to call itself a success.

  • But my new position in the house seemed to entitle me to this much liberty, for once.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • There are two circumstances required, to entitle an action to be denominated virtuous.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • What he had was at Aughkeely, and this was not sufficient to entitle him to vote.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Gold rings and gay clothing, as they qualify no man for, can entitle no man to, a "good place" in the church.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for entitle


verb (transitive)
to give (a person) the right to do or have something; qualify; allow
to give a name or title to
to confer a title of rank or honour upon
Derived Forms
entitlement, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French entituler, from Late Latin intitulāre, from Latin titulustitle
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Word Origin and History for entitle

late 14c., "to give a title to a chapter, book, etc.," from Anglo-French entitler, Old French entiteler (Modern French intituler), from Late Latin intitulare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + titulus "title" (see title (n.)).

Meaning "to bestow (on a person) a rank or office" is mid-15c. Sense of "to give (someone) 'title' to an estate or property," hence to give that person a claim to possession or privilege, is mid-15c.; this now is used mostly in reference to circumstances and actions. Related: Entitled; entitling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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