Definition of tempt
- was tempted to call it quits
that chocolate dessert sure tempts me, but I should stick with my diet
refusing to lay in enough food for the long winter tempts the dangers of starvation
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: to cause (someone) to do or want to do something even though it may be wrong, bad, or unwise
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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