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lure Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
    come-on; enticement.
  2. noun anything that serves as an enticement
    come-on; bait; sweetener; hook.
  3. noun something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    decoy; bait.
  4. verb provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
    entice; tempt.
    • He lured me into temptation

Lure noun
OF. loire, loirre, loerre, F. leurre lure, decoy; of German origin; cf. MHG. luoder, G. luder lure, carrion.
  1. A contrivance somewhat resembling a bird, and often baited with raw meat; -- used by falconers in recalling hawks. Shak.
  2. Any enticement; that which invites by the prospect of advantage or pleasure; a decoy. Milton.
  3. (Hat Making) A velvet smoothing brush. Knight.
Lure transitive verb
OF. loirer, loirier, F. leurrer. See Lure, n.
imperfect & past participle Lured ; present participle & verbal noun Luring
  1. To draw to the lure; hence, to allure or invite by means of anything that promises pleasure or advantage; to entice; to attract.
    I am not lured with love. Piers Plowman.
    And various science lures the learned eye. Gay.
Lure intransitive verb
  1. To recall a hawk or other animal.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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