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[in-sen-ti-vahyz] /ɪnˈsɛn tɪˌvaɪz/
verb (used with object), incentivized, incentivizing.
to give incentives to:
The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.
Origin of incentivize
1965-70, Americanism
Can be confused
incent, incentivize. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for incentivize
  • Supply side reform is essential to incentivize growth.
  • We try to incentivize you to have your leases mature.
  • We have too many roads to nowhere that incentivize people to move to nowhere.
  • Part of our argument is that when you incentivize everything, you de-moralize it, you take the moral dimensions out of it.
  • The next question asked how to incentivize early adopters.
  • Perhaps a profitsharing tax credit will incentivize such a plan at the national level.
  • And they resist proven efforts to incentivize good teachers.
  • If this country wants to solve its sprawl problems, it should incentivize the re-population and re-capitalization of its cities.
  • But he also liked the push to incentivize renewable energy.
  • We should continue to require increasing fuel efficiency from our vehicles and incentivize vehicles that don't run on petroleum.
British Dictionary definitions for incentivize


  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incentivize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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