There are 2 main definitions of lure in English:

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lure 1

Pronunciation: /l(j)ʊə/


[with object and adverbial]
Tempt (a person or animal) to do something or to go somewhere, especially by offering some form of reward: the child was lured into a car but managed to escape
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  • He lured both girls into his car under the guise he was a punter and then drove them several miles away.
  • Until now the emphasis was more on luring foreign tourists to the country and the domestic travellers have been missed out.
  • Donaldson is accused of luring his wife into the disused house on the caravan site at Crianlarich, where he had stored a box of large fireworks.
tempt, entice, attract, induce, coax, persuade, inveigle, allure, seduce, win over, cajole, beguile, bewitch, ensnare, captivate, enrapture;
whet someone's appetite


1Something that tempts or is used to tempt a person or animal to do something: the film industry always has been a glamorous lure for young girls
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  • Effective and safe trapping requires knowledge of the habits of beaver, habitat conditions, and presence of nontarget animals as well as knowledge of the trap and lures.
  • Ramsbottom has largely shed its image as an industrial centre to become a lure for young families and professionals.
1.1The strongly attractive quality of a person or thing: the lure of the exotic East
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  • A chance to fight at the Olympics is obviously hugely attractive as is the lure of the professional game where there is so much money to be made.
  • We have seen our skilled nurses and teachers packing up as a result of the lure of more attractive overseas packages.
  • I can't resist the lure of an attractive handbag, especially if it is small and sparkly.
2A type of bait used in fishing or hunting.
Example sentences
  • I will divide this section into two, dealing with trolling with lures and baits.
  • Side planers are used to troll lures and baits well out to the side of a moving boat.
  • The usual assortment of spinnerbaits, swimming plugs, topwater lures and soft plastics is sufficient to test the potential of most small and relatively shallow ponds.
2.1 Falconry A bunch of feathers with a piece of meat attached to a long string, swung around the head of the falconer to recall a hawk.
Example sentences
  • Then I noticed something moving - a feathery lure, waving back and forth like a fishing rod.
  • Hawk owls are routinely attracted to the small lure from nearly a mile away.


Middle English: from Old French luere, of Germanic origin; probably related to German Luder 'bait'.

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lure 2

Pronunciation: /lʊə/


Variant spelling of lur.
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