incitement, impetus, encouragement, goad, prod, provocation, spur, impulse, enticement, lure, inducement, stimulus, motivation, Colloq carrot:
The discount is offered as an incentive to buy a new car.
big, considerable, great, massive | powerful, strong | adequate, sufficient | main, major | added, additional, extra, more | less | real | direct
The most direct financial incentive to prevent rubbish is to charge people by the amount of rubbish they put out.
| important | positive | special | commercial, economic, financial, fiscal, monetary | cash | price, tax | sales | work | government
VERB + INCENTIVE
act as, be
He argues that the free supply of skilled labour will act as an incentive for employees to be more diligent.
She had the added incentive of being within reach of the world record.
| need | give (sb/sth), offer (sb/sth), provide (sb/sth with) | create
The government has created tax incentives to encourage investment.
| increase | reduce | undermine
High taxation rates have undermined work incentives.
INCENTIVE + NOUN
programme, scheme, system
The company operates a share incentive scheme for its workers.
an incentive to investment
have every incentive
The absence of penalties for anti-competitive behaviour means that firms have every incentive to engage in price-fixing.
| a lack of incentive
Low levels of profitability mean there is a lack of incentive to undertake new investment.
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