Word Explorer
Children's Dictionary
Help
Help
Help
 
     

al·lure

allure

 
 
pronunciation:
lur
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: allures, alluring, allured
definition 1: to attract strongly by appealing to people's inner wishes; tempt.
The beautiful cakes and cookies in the bakery window and the smell of baking bread allured the people passing by.The sea allured him with its promise of adventure.
synonyms:
attract, intrigue, lure, tempt
antonyms:
repel
similar words:
bait, charm, enthrall, entrance, stimulate
definition 2: to fascinate; enchant.
They were allured by the strangely beautiful music.
synonyms:
bewitch, charm, enchant, enthrall, fascinate
antonyms:
disgust
similar words:
entrance
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the force of appeal or charm.
The beautiful island has a special allure that makes tourists return year after year.
synonyms:
appeal, attractiveness, lure
similar words:
bait, charm, delight, intrigue
derivation: allurement (n.)