verb (used with object), en·ticed, en·tic·ing.
- to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle: They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.
- (tr) to attract or draw towards oneself by exciting hope or desire; tempt; allure
v.late 13c., intice, from Old French enticier “to stir up (fire), to excite, incite,” perhaps from Vulgar Latin *intitiare “set on fire,” from Latin in- “in” (see in- (2)) + titio (genitive titionis) “firebrand,” of uncertain origin. Meaning “to allure, attract” is from c.1300. Related: Enticed; enticing.