Meaning of “incentive” in the English Dictionary

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"incentive" in British English

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incentivenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˈsen.tɪv/ us /ɪnˈsen.t̬ɪv/

(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 encouraging people to save money.
[ U ] These kids have no incentive to learn.

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"incentive" in Business English

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incentivenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˈsentɪv/ us

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 solar power technology.
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 tax laws 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)