Meaning of “entitlement” in the English Dictionary

"entitlement" in British English

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entitlementnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˈtaɪ.təl.mənt/ us /ɪnˈtaɪ.t̬əl.mənt/

(Definition of “entitlement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"entitlement" in American English

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entitlementnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪnˈtɑɪ·t̬əl·mənt/

something, often a benefit from the government, that you have the right to have:

[ U ] Social Security and Medicare are popular entitlement programs in the US.

(Definition of “entitlement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"entitlement" in Business English

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uk /ɪnˈtaɪtlmənt/ us

[ U ] LAW, HR a situation in which you have the right to do or have something:

Almost any job which a benefit recipient takes will have some effect upon his current entitlement to unemployment benefits.

[ C ] LAW, HR something that you have the right to do or have:

Employee discount is seen as an entitlement and not necessarily a benefit.
holiday/pension entitlement If online recruiters can be believed, 60% of British workers are failing to take their full holiday entitlement.
All income and cash entitlements will be paid promptly into your account.

[ C ] US GOVERNMENT a type of financial help provided by the US government for members of a particular group:

He warned the administration would face massive budget deficits unless it reduced the soaring costs of Social Security and other entitlements.
Means testing is a necessary part of all our entitlement programs.

(Definition of “entitlement” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)