\ˈtem(p)t \
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 \ 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

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Though you might be tempted to start sloughing off extra skin cells at the first sign of flaking, Dr. Zeichner urges against it. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight Acne and Dry Skin in Winter," 13 Nov. 2018 First, keep regulators out of the business of setting privacy rules, as they will be tempted to offer rewards to incumbents in exchange for backdoors to users’ information. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Big Brother Isn’t Watching You," 4 Nov. 2018 Although you may be tempted to gut-renovate your home right away, Suarez and Grant suggest finding ways to work with existing architectural elements. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "5 Restaurant Design Trends Making Their Way Into Your Home Now," 17 Aug. 2018 There is nobody to rival Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and if Rodgers fancies a more challenging job he may be tempted by an offer from Leicester, who are looking to replace Claude Puel. SI.com, "Leicester City Make Celtic Coach Number 1 Managerial Target After Ruling Out Other Candidates," 10 June 2018 This advice is too late for you this time, but may help others or you if you're tempted to do this again. Teresa Dixon Murray, cleveland.com, "Mom upset after co-signing credit card, son defaults on $9,000 balance: Money Matters," 28 Feb. 2018 But when tragedy strikes the Creed family, Louis is tempted to ignore Crandall's dire warning. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Deliciously spooky Pet Sematary trailer will give you the chills," 11 Oct. 2018 Seeing how easily bikes fit into a car parking space should also tempt businesses to fill the space in front of their doors with a bike corral. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018 Penn State recommends sealing dry goods like cereal, pasta, rice, quinoa, flour, sugar, and pet food in sturdy, airtight containers to prevent silverfish from reaching these tempting food sources. 2. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish," 25 July 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, from Anglo-French tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try

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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


\ˈtempt \
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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