Definition of tempt
temptableplay \ˈtem(p)-tə-bəl\ adjective
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 of tempt from the Web
George R.R. Martin loves prophecies, especially when they’re delivered by characters that casual readers might be tempted to ignore.
Many new business owners are tempted to mix their business and personal finances.
Luxury travelers who’ve long turned their noses up at the idea of cruising might be tempted to reconsider.
I’d be tempted to drop that in a sauté with broccoli or asparagus.
This year’s NBA draft is flush with point guards, and the Mavericks could be tempted to go in that direction with the ninth overall pick on Thursday night.
Still, American sellers will be tempted by China’s $771 billion online retailing market, which is larger than the U.S. market.
People may be tempted to camp in nondesignated spots.
Chances are that people will be weighing up your listing against multiple listings for the same device, so your attitude and skill as a seller can tempt potential buyers to your sale rather than someone else's.
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Origin and Etymology of tempt
Middle English, from Anglo-French tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of tempt
TEMPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tempt for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to do or want to do something even though it may be wrong, bad, or unwise
TEMPT Defined for Kids
Definition of tempt for Students
: 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.
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