Lure - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |lʊr|  American pronunciation of the word lure
Brit.  |lʊə|  British pronunciation of the word lure


- qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward (syn: enticement)
- anything that serves as an enticement (syn: bait, hook, sweetener)
- something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed (syn: bait, decoy)


- provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion (syn: entice, tempt)
He lured me into temptation

Extra examples

...the promise of easy money is always the lure for some people to take up a life of crime...

...the fish simply didn't seem to like the lure I was using, so I didn't catch a thing...

They lured the bear out of its den.

The suburbs are luring middle-class families away from the city.

The police lured him back to the scene of the crime.

Explorers were lured to the area by tales of a city of gold.

An attractive window display can help to lure shoppers into the store.

No woman should allow herself to be lured away from her husband.

Cheese is very good for luring a mouse into a trap.

People may be lured into buying tickets by clever advertising.

Computer games are luring youngsters away from their lessons.

The bank launched an advertising campaign to lure back its traditional customers.

It's very difficult to lure talent away from Silicon Valley.

Malc wasn't mature enough to resist the lure of drink and drugs.

He lured me into temptation

Word forms

I/you/we/they: lure
he/she/it: lures
present participle: luring
past tense: lured
past participle: lured
singular: lure
plural: lures
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