incent, incentivize vs encourage : Common Errors in English

About incent, incentivize vs encourage

Business folks sometimes use “incent” to mean “create an incentive,” butit’s not standard English. “Incentivize” is even more widely used, butstrikes many people as an ugly substitute for “encourage.”

encourage Meaning(s)

  • (v) contribute to the progress or growth of
  • (v) inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  • (v) spur on

encourage in News

  1. Xbox One to include time-bound "challenges"

    New "challenges" that encourage community collaboration latest new addition to overhauled Xbox Live achievements system.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: GameSpot

  2. Six juniors expected to lead Fillies during 2013 campaign

    Coaches encourage athletes not to be overconfident at 2A level
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Clarksdale Press Register

  3. Encourage new blood to step up and to step forward

    ENCOURAGE NEW BLOOD TO STEP UP AND TO STEP FORWARD Recent polls indicate that Congress has an approval rating of 15 percent and the administration is not much better. Olympia Snowe, U.S.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Bluffton Today

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