Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (transitive, US) To provide an incentive to (a person or organization).
- We need to incent people to innovate more.
- 2007 February 24, Damon Darlin, “At Intuit, What Comes After Taxes?”, New York Times:
- We try to incent people to do it earlier, which levels the load.
- 2010 June 24, Al Gore and David Blood, “Toward Sustainable Capitalism”, Wall Street Journal:
- incent investors to manage assets with a long-term perspective
- (transitive, US) To provide an incentive for (something).
- We need to incent more innovation.
- 2009 January 13, Arne Duncan, “Duncan Lays Out Positions in Confirmation Hearing”, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio:
- DUNCAN: The more we can reward excellence, the more we can incent excellence, the more we can get our best teachers to work in those hard to staff schools
- Less common than incentivize at COCA.
- Used relatively more than incentivize to refer to providing an incentive for an individual action.