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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
resist the lure of sth (=resist its attractive quality)
▪ Bond could never resist the lure of a beautiful woman.
▪ But this would not be the way to lure away her Jack.
▪ Smaller banks started working on marketing campaigns designed to lure away disenchanted First Interstate-Wells Fargo customers.
▪ By careful arrangement he had been lured away while preparations were made.
▪ Competition also got rougher, with rival Natural Wonders Inc. of Fremont and similar stores luring away consumers.
▪ Mr Gorman lost his temper and accused Travis of luring away his daughter.
▪ Who saw the children being lured away?
▪ The biggest task of the Leftist Unity party will be to lure away the working class from the Socialists.
▪ Ivor and Pauline were lured back to Stroud's bungalow at Staunton, on the pretext of discussing the cash settlement.
▪ Year after year he was lured back to the Falls.
▪ Civil servant who cut up the boys he lured back to his house, burned the pieces, buried them.
▪ Mr Florio also authorized aggressive new deals for some big advertisers, luring back General Motors in the process.
▪ We women can not be lured back as long as the extreme right is in control.
▪ Mr Whiteman is hoping to lure professionals away from the major contractors.
▪ The film charts the efforts of a dodgy theatre manager trying to lure the singer back for a last encore.
▪ Once the men are seated in the living room off the inside patio, they try to lure the children into conversation.
▪ He tried to lure Wallace back last year but was frightened off by a £1m price tag.
▪ Johnson also is trying to lure Dallas offensive line coach Hudson Houck to join him with the Dolphins.
▪ Founded in 1900, Beaulieu Vineyard is trying to lure younger wine drinkers.
▪ Joe tried luring the dorados out by dangling a silver fishing lure over the edge of the raft.
▪ Ever since I left the company they have been making attempts to lure me back.
▪ Peasants were lured into joining the People's Army by the promises of large sums of money for their families.
▪ The boy apparently lured the girl into his bedroom and attacked her.
▪ The burglary was set up in order to lure the police officer into an ambush.
▪ Clinton used a state trooper to lure her to a hotel room during a state-sponsored event in 1991.
▪ He's only a seven month old pup and the thieves probably had an easy time luring him away.
▪ It can take months and years to lure new employers to a region.
▪ Ivor and Pauline were lured back to Stroud's bungalow at Staunton, on the pretext of discussing the cash settlement.
▪ Next, she lures him out to her convertible.
▪ The digging and concealing of pits into which animals could be lured was an even greater mental triumph.
▪ The film charts the efforts of a dodgy theatre manager trying to lure the singer back for a last encore.
▪ But the lure of this historical explanation is to be resisted.
▪ His descriptions of everything from lures to reels to fish finders read like they are straight out of a company press release.
▪ I had felt the lure of the unexplored, the compulsion to go where others had not been.
▪ I start reeling in the lure.
▪ I started moving the lure when it was already in her beak, but before she could tear it.
▪ Rudolf had some notion of the lure and the seduction of all that.
▪ She explains why these girls need love, direction, education, a way out of the lures of gang life.
▪ Suddenly a fish took the lure.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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


Lure \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.


Lure \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.

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

  3. (Hat Making) A velvet smoothing brush.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., of hawks, also of persons, from lure (n.). Related: Lured; luring.


early 14c., "something which allures or entices, an attraction" (a figurative use), also "bait for recalling hawks," from Anglo-French lure, Old French loirre "device used to recall hawks, lure," from Frankish *loþr or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *lothran "to call" (cognates: Middle High German luoder, Middle Low German loder "lure, bait," German Luder "lure, deceit, bait;" also Old English laþian "to call, invite," German laden).\n

\nOriginally a bunch of feathers on a long cord, from which the hawk is fed during its training. Used of means of alluring other animals (especially fish) from c.1700. Technically, bait is something the animal can eat; lure is a more general term. Also in 15c. a collective word for a group of young women.


n. 1 Something that tempts or attracts, especially one with a promise of reward or pleasure. 2 (context fishing English) 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. 4 A velvet smoothing brush. vb. 1 To attract by temptation etc.; to entice. 2 To recall a hawk with a lure.

  1. n. 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]

  4. v. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation" [syn: entice, tempt]


Lurë is a former municipality in the Dibër County, northeastern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Dibër. The population at the 2011 census was 1,096.

Old Lurë , Lurë Plain and Borie Lurë, are the three neighborhoods of Lurë. More villages are in the municipality of Lurë such as Krej Lurë, Pregj Lurë, Arrmall, Vlashe and Gur Lure. With an area of 1,280 hectares, the Lurë National Park is situated in the eastern side of the mountain massive of "Kunora e Lures". Its 14 icy lakes offer picturesque and attractive environments at an altitude of 1.350-1.720 m. Among the many lakes the one that stand out are the Big Lake (32 hectares), the Lake of Pines (13 hectares), the Black Lake (8 hectares) and the Lake of Flowers (4 hectares). In winter these lakes freeze.

Lure (falconry)

A lure is an object used in falconry, usually made of leather with a pair of bird wings or feathers attached. A falconer swings the lure round and round on a cord for the falcon to chase for exercise. A lure also may be used as on object to train the falcon to retrieve.

Lure (horse)

Lure (foaled 1989) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and owned by Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, he is a son of the leading stallion Danzig, who in turn was sired by Hall of Famer and prominent sire Northern Dancer. He was out of the mare Endear by another Hall of Famer, Alydar.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Lure is best known as the turf racing specialist who won back-to-back runnings of the Breeders' Cup Mile (at Gulfstream Park in 1992 and at Santa Anita Park in 1993). After winning three graded stakes races in 1994, Lure returned to again compete in the Breeders' Cup Mile but finished ninth. He was then retired to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm and in 2004 was pensioned due to poor fertility.

Witch Of The Air (USA) and Yen (CAN) are two of his progeny.

Usage examples of "lure".

They continued yesterday the tense and prolonged process of attempting to lure Abies out of the cabin.

She had even tried to lure him into a kiss, but he had smoothly dodged her enticements, repeatedly foisting her off on Acer Loring.

Laa-queel had heard the afanc had learned to speak some human tongues and often lured sailors to their own deaths.

Laaqueel had heard the afanc had learned to speak some human tongues and often lured sailors to their own deaths.

Fishing the seething tide-race through the main channel at full spring tide, and shouting with excitement as the golden amberjack came boiling up in the wake, bellies flashing like mirrors, to hit the dancing feather lures, and send the Penn reels screeching a wild protest, and the fibreglass rods nodding and kicking.

Breen, head of the evaluation team, the one man, Gale had said, who could tell him why he had been lured to Auk House.

CHAPTER XXII THE LURE OF GOLD IT was afternoon when Lamont Cranston arrived at the Aureole Mine on what was supposed to be his first visit.

In the mornings, he could be seen in the yards with his falconers and austringers, swinging lures to bring half-trained birds back to the fist.

One of the austringers prepared his lure, a piece of meat attached to some duck feathers.

Again, Lennox, on oath, averred that, as they rode to Perth, James told him the story of the lure, the pot of gold.

I pulled my sweater over my head and backed off, placing myself behind Jack, hoping now to lure Beane between the two of us and give Jack the clear shot he needed.

He felt the devil was slipping hip wiggling and bebop rhythms into gospel, tempting groups and luring good Christians away from the Lord with the idea of making a fast buck.

She made the most of the brief fluid loquaciousness the razored acid bequeathed as lure and incentive.

Penrod Schofield and Roderick Bitts and Maurice Levy LURED GEORGIE INTO THE CELLAR AND HAD HIM BEATEN BY NEGROES!

He even caught the faint perfume of the bleep who had lured Woofer in.