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incentivize

[in-sen-ti-vahyz] /ɪnˈsɛn tɪˌvaɪz/
verb (used with object), incentivized, incentivizing.
1.
to give incentives to:
The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.
Also, incent [in-sent] /ɪnˈsɛnt/ (Show IPA).
Origin of incentivize
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism
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Examples from the web for incent
  • The market doesn't pay people what they are worth and what they need to incent them to work.
  • Now, one might say that this is good because it will incent them to find more oil.
  • He wants to incent homeowners to retrofit their homes to become more energy efficient.
  • Politically, the more palatable solution is to incent companies to hire with tax credits.
  • State policy, both in terms of taxes and finance, should be examined to help stimulate and incent growth in this fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for incent

incentivize

/ɪnˈsɛntɪˌvaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive)
  1. to provide (someone) with a good reason for wanting to do something: why not incentivize companies to relocate?
  2. to promote (something) with a particular incentive: an incentivized share option scheme
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Word Origin and History for incent
v.

by 1992, U.S. government-speak, back-formation from incentive. Related: Incented; incenting.

incentivize

v.

by 1970, from incentive + -ize. Related: Incentivized; incentivizing.

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