v. al·lured, al·lur·ing, al·lures
To attract with something desirable; entice: Promises of quick profits allure the unwary investor.
To be highly, often subtly attractive: charms that still allure.
The power to attract; enticement.
[Middle English aluren, from Old French alurer : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see AD-) + loirre, bait (of Germanic origin).]
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