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"incentive" in British English

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incentivenoun [C or U]

uk   /ɪnˈsen.tɪv/  us   /ɪnˈsen.t̬ɪv/
C2 something that ​encourages a ​person to do something: Tax incentives have been very ​effective in ​encouragingpeople to ​save and ​invest more of ​theirincome. [+ to infinitive] There is little incentive forpeople toleavetheircars at ​home when ​publictransportremains so ​expensive. Bonus ​paymentsprovide an incentive toworkharder.

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

"incentive" in American English

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incentivenoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪnˈsen·tɪv/
something that ​encourages a ​person to do something: [C] Tax incentives are sometimes ​effective in ​encouragingpeople to ​savemoney. [U] These ​kids have no incentive to ​learn.
(Definition of incentive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"incentive" in Business English

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incentivenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɪnˈsentɪv/
something, especially ​money, that encourages a ​person or ​organization to do something: financial/fiscal/monetary incentive Cash ​grants were ​part of the ​financial incentives given to ​developers of new ​solarpowertechnology. a big/great/generous incentive incentive to do sth Executives had a strong incentive to destroy ​papers they knew would incriminate them in ​court.be/have little/no incentive There will be little incentive to ​consolidate before new ​taxlaws take ​effect. incentive for sb to do sth There's no incentive for the ​unions to make ​concessions now, since they've always been given what they ​asked for. incentive ​package/​plan/​system create/​offer/​provide an incentive
(Definition of incentive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “incentive”
in Korean 인센티브…
in Arabic حافِز…
in Malaysian galakan…
in French encouragement…
in Russian стимул…
in Chinese (Traditional) 激勵, 刺激, 鼓勵…
in Italian incentivo…
in Turkish teşvik, özendirme…
in Polish zachęta, bodziec…
in Spanish incentivo…
in Vietnamese sự khuyến khích…
in Portuguese incentivo…
in Thai แรงจูงใจ…
in German der Anreiz…
in Catalan incentiu…
in Japanese (行動を促す)刺激…
in Chinese (Simplified) 激励, 刺激, 鼓励…
in Indonesian perangsang…
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