AskDefine | Define lure

Dictionary Definition



1 qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward [syn: enticement, come-on]
2 anything that serves as an enticement [syn: bait, come-on, hook, sweetener]
3 something used to lure victims into danger [syn: bait, decoy] v : provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation" [syn: entice, tempt]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Anglo-Norman lure, from loirre (compared with French leurre)



  1. Something that tempts or attracts, especially one with a promise of reward or pleasure.
  2. In the context of "fishing": An artificial bait attached to a fishing line to attract fish.
  3. A bunch of feathers attached to a line, used in falconry to recall the hawk.


tempting or attractive object
artificial fishing bait

Proper noun



  1. To attract by temptation etc.; to entice.
  2. To recall a hawk with a lure.


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  • ttbc Arabic: عربي: طُعم، إغراء



  1. deceive, trick

Extensive Definition

Lure can refer to:
lure in German: Lure
lure in French: Lure (homonymie)
lure in Italian: Lure
lure in Dutch: Lure
lure in Sicilian: Lure

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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