Definition of incentive in English:


Line breaks: in|cen¦tive
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛntɪv


1A thing that motivates or encourages someone to do something: give farmers an incentive to improve their land
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  • Childcare grants are among a range of incentives geared at encouraging more parents to run for district council seats.
  • York residents are set to be offered incentives to encourage them to recycle more of their household waste.
  • As well as the natural health benefits, the patient also gets motivation and incentives for better health.
incitement, goad, provocation;
attraction, lure, bait
rare premium, douceur
1.1A payment or concession to stimulate greater output or investment: tax incentives for investing in depressed areas
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  • The government also gave generous tax incentives for investment.
  • In addition to federal tax credits, California offered an additional state tax incentive for wind energy production.
  • To improve its on-time arrival rates, further financial incentives were provided monthly.


late Middle English: from Latin incentivum 'something that sets the tune or incites', from incantare 'to chant or charm'.

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