transitive verb \ˈtem(p)t\

: to cause (someone) to do or want to do something even though it may be wrong, bad, or unwise

Full Definition of TEMPT

:  to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain
a obsolete :  to make trial of :  test
b :  to try presumptuously :  provoke <tempt fate>
c :  to risk the dangers of
a :  to induce to do something
b :  to cause to be strongly inclined <was tempted to call it quits>
tempt·able \ˈtem(p)-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of TEMPT

  1. <that chocolate dessert sure tempts me, but I should stick with my diet>
  2. <refusing to lay in enough food for the long winter tempts the dangers of starvation>

Origin of TEMPT

Middle English, from Anglo-French tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try
First Known Use: 13th century


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