The word "necessitate" means "make something necessary". For instance:

The explosion necessitated installing a new kitchen.

Is there an equivalent word to mean "make something desirable (but not necessarily necessary)"? For instance:

The ordeal [made desirable] a week off work.

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    Going through a family ordeal and taking a couple of days off work, for many would be a necessity. I would add another example sentence if I were you.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 30, 2019 at 11:50

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You can get closer with warrants:

The ordeal warrants a week off work.

Though that is more deserves than desires.

From the way the sentence is structured I don't believe an emotional appeal can be made in it, as something like:

The ordeal allures a week off work.

Sounds rather forced, and can be confused to mean things like:

The ordeal desires a week off work.

I don't believe you're looking for the ordeal itself to pack some bags and go on holiday.

From my perspective you get more flexibility by rearranging your sentence:

The ordeal made a week off work adjective

Where adjective could be many things: desirable, inviting, enticing, and many others


The most accurate verb for this is endear:

1 : to cause to become beloved or admired
// her generosity has endeared her to the public

Although it's use would be a bit strange with the example sentence, a slight paraphrase would make it more normal:

The explosion endeared in them the idea of installing a new kitchen.

In the right context, the example sentence could be interpreted as being not a matter of necessity but desire.

For instance, the explosion damaged the living room, requiring its renovation, but didn't touch the kitchen. Although there is no need to install a new kitchen, the fact that they had to renovate other parts of the house, led them to desire the renovation of this part of the house too.

Of course, a more natural version of this might be:

Renovations to other parts of the house endeared in them the idea of installing a new kitchen.


The verb beckon comes to mind

intransitive verb

1 : to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod

My master beckons. He … beckoned to the other generals to come and stand where he stood. — H. E. Scudder

2 : to appear inviting : ATTRACT

the frontier beckons

transitive verb

: to beckon to beckoned us over to their table

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