car|rot [ˈkærət] n
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: carotte, from Late Latin, from Greek karoton]
1.) [U and C]
a long pointed orange vegetable that grows under the ground
grated carrots
carrot juice
2.) informal
something that is offered to someone in order to try and persuade them to do something
They have refused to sign the agreement despite a carrot of £140 million.
3.) carrot and stick informal
a way of trying to persuade someone to do something by offering them something good if they do it, and a punishment if they do not
the government's carrot and stick approach in getting young people to find jobs

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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