lure meaning

[ ljuə ] Pronunciation:   "lure" in a sentence
Verb: lure  lûr
  1. Provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
    "He lured me into temptation"
    - entice, tempt
Noun: lure  lûr
  1. Qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
    - enticement, come-on 
  2. Anything that serves as an enticement
    - bait, come-on, hook, sweetener 
  3. Something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    - bait, decoy

Derived forms: lured, lures, luring

Type of: attraction, attractiveness, device, enticement, provoke, stimulate, temptation

Part of: trap

Encyclopedia: Lure Lure, Haute-Saone Lure, Haute-Saône

AmE / verb, noun

verb [+ obj] (usually used with an adverb or a preposition)

to persuade sb to go somewhere or do sth by promising them a reward or making it seem exciting:

Many retailers are lowering their prices to lure customers into the shops.

Young people are lured to the city by the prospect of a job and money.

an attempt to lure away the firm's best employees with better pay offers

The show managed to lure 3.4 million viewers.

They offered a free modem to lure people to the service.

noun [C, usually sing.]

the attractive qualities of sth:

The lure of cheap credit has proved too strong for consumers.


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  1. gant succumbed to the lure of new land.
  2. cain lured abel to lonely field.
  3. he was not interested in that materialist lure.
  4. why should this lure of youth continue to possess him?
  5. lured by the lust of gold, the pioneers pushed forward.

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