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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.
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 incentivized
  • Certainly because some countries will then be incentivized to capitalize on the higher inflation in other countries.
  • Much of it was tax incentivized so the investment activity was promoted at taxpayer's expense.
  • This, too, could be incentivized through tax breaks and loans.
  • They have no desire to work with each other, because there's no downside for not doing it and you're not incentivized to do it.
  • Not so sure, since this already appears to be by-invitation-only and plans to be incentivized.
  • Nowadays there are a lot of wellness programs in which people are incentivized to engage in exercise and other healthy behaviors.
  • And employers are incentivized to offer the cheapest possible plans.
  • Providers would be incentivized to provide increased quality of care.
  • Doctors, nurses and hospitals will be incentivized to improve care and reduce unnecessary errors that harm patients.
  • Our manufacturers and builders should be incentivized to create better buildings and appliances.
British Dictionary definitions for incentivized


  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 incentivized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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