Definitions for: Lure


[n] something used to lure victims into danger
[n] qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
[n] anything that serves as an enticement
[v] provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion



Webster (1913) Definition: Lure, n. [OF. loire, loirre, loerre, F. leurre lure,
decoy; of German origin; cf. MHG. luoder, G. luder lure,
carrion.]
1. A contrivance somewhat resembling a bird, and often baited
with raw meat; -- used by falconers in recalling hawks.
--Shak.

2. Any enticement; that which invites by the prospect of
advantage or pleasure; a decoy. --Milton.

3. (Hat Making) A velvet smoothing brush. --Knight.


Lure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lured; p. pr. & vb. n.
Luring.] [OF. loirer, loirier, F. leurrer. See Lure, n.]
To draw to the lure; hence, to allure or invite by means of
anything that promises pleasure or advantage; to entice; to
attract.

I am not lured with love. --Piers
Plowman.

And various science lures the learned eye. --Gay.


Lure, v. i.
To recall a hawk or other animal.

Synonyms: bait, bait, come-on, come-on, decoy, entice, enticement, hook, sweetener, tempt

See Also: attraction, attractiveness, bait, call, decoy, device, enticement, fish lure, fisherman's lure, ground bait, hook, lead on, provoke, seduce, snare, stimulate, stool, stool pigeon, temptation, trap, tweedle

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Famous Quotes Containing Lure:


The rise of computer crime and armed robbery has not eliminated the lure of caged cash.

-- James Chiles ( -)

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.

-- W. Eugene Smith (American Photographer)

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.

-- John Burroughs (American Author)

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

-- Edward Fitzgerald (English Poet)

Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.

-- Ben Hecht (American Mathematician)

The money isn't a lure. I've done very well out of this business.

-- Julie Walters (British Actress)

The elections that have taken place in these countries are a reflection of the lure of Democracy, and the resilience of our men and women in uniform who helped bring freedom to many who never knew what the word truly meant.

-- Jim Sensenbrenner (American Politician)


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