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entitle

[en-tahyt-l] /ɛnˈtaɪt l/
verb (used with object), entitled, entitling.
1.
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.
2.
to call by a particular title or name:
What was the book entitled?
3.
to designate (a person) by an honorary title.
Also, intitle.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
authorize, qualify.
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entitle

/ɪnˈtaɪtəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give (a person) the right to do or have something; qualify; allow
2.
to give a name or title to
3.
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 well-entitled

entitle

v.

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.

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