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English definition of “lure”


noun     /ljʊər/ US  /lʊr/
C2 [C usually singular] the quality or power that something or someone has that makes it, him, or her attractive: the lure of fame/power/moneyAttracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction [C] an artificial insect or other small animal that is put on the end of a fishing line to attract fishFishingCommercial fishing
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