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incentive

noun [C, U]
 
 
/ɪnˈsentɪv/
something that encourages you to act in a particular way: [+ to do sth] People had little incentive to save. The government should provide incentives for young people to stay in school.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
Translations of “incentive”
in Korean 인센티브…
in Arabic حافِز…
in French encouragement…
in Turkish teşvik, özendirme…
in Italian incentivo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 激勵, 刺激, 鼓勵…
in Russian стимул…
in Polish zachęta, bodziec…
in Spanish incentivo…
in Portuguese incentivo…
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…
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