tempt

verb
\ ˈtem(p)t How to pronounce tempt (audio) \
tempted; tempting; tempts

Definition of tempt

transitive verb

1 : to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain
2a : to induce to do something
b : to cause to be strongly inclined was tempted to call it quits
3a : to try presumptuously : provoke tempt fate
b : to risk the dangers of
c obsolete : to make trial of : test

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Other Words from tempt

temptable \ ˈtem(p)-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce temptable (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for tempt

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving. lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means. advertising designed to entice new customers inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering. fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice. attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment. tempted by the offer of money seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises. seduced by assurances of assistance

Examples of tempt in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The campaign was aimed at tempting Amazon to locate a new headquarters in the DC metro area, using a combination of tax credits and other incentives. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Amazon hires Washington, DC official who participated in HQ2 talks," 14 June 2019 What Intel’s showing within the Ambient PC feels like a topic that would spark some heated debate within computer makers: wouldn’t users be tempted to pull out their phones to consult their calendar or play music? Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel dreams of the PC's future: 'Ambient PCs,' fancy fabrics, and a monster dual-display gaming rig," 29 May 2019 One is tempted to say, perversely, that its disappearance from the pages of America’s newspapers is arguably cause for celebration. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Many are tempted to finish a stutterer’s sentences or fill in the blanks during a long pause, but that does not help. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "World’s largest gathering of people who stutter to meet in Fort Lauderdale," 21 June 2019 When a mobile lab sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies parked its 16-ton van of equipment at Lone Mountain for a week in 1966, Mother Mary Janet Kubitschek — who had a doctorate in chemistry — was elated, and perhaps tempted. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Atop Lone Mountain, the history of SF’s first women’s college lives on," 19 June 2019 While the man’s survival is undoubtedly incredible, please resist the urge to tempt a similar fate. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out You Can Fall 70 Feet Into Kīlauea Volcano and Survive," 3 May 2019 In today's game, in which big men are often less valuable than guards and wings, I might be tempted to grab Real Madrid's Luke Doncic. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: who wins the NBA Finals and will LeBron James stay if the Cavs lose?," 1 June 2018 This is where West Ham may suffer because if a top four club is interested, the 30-year-old will be tempted to grab the chance of playing in the Champions League next season. SI.com, "West Ham Jump to Front of Jonny Evans Queue as Arsenal's Relationship Sours With West Brom," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tempt

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tempt

Middle English tempten "to test, incite to sin, attempt," borrowed from Anglo-French tempter, temter, tenter, going back to Latin temptāre, tentāre "to feel, test, examine, attempt, make an assault on, attack" (Late Latin, "to incite to sin"), perhaps frequentative derivative from an Indo-European verbal base *temp- "stretch, extend" (hence, "grope for, feel") — more at tempo

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tempt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tempt

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

tempt

verb
\ ˈtempt How to pronounce tempt (audio) \
tempted; tempting

Kids Definition of tempt

: to consider or cause to consider doing something wrong or unwise Sometimes in nice weather, she is tempted to skip school. He tempted me to cheat.

Other Words from tempt

tempter noun

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