verb (used with object), in·cen·ti·vized, in·cen·ti·viz·ing.

  1. to give incentives to: The government should incentivize the private sector to create jobs.


  1. (tr)
    1. to provide (someone) with a good reason for wanting to do somethingwhy not incentivize companies to relocate?
    2. to promote (something) with a particular incentivean incentivized share option scheme

by 1992, U.S. government-speak, back-formation from incentive. Related: Incented; incenting.


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

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