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

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No more getting tempted by texts after bedtime or awoken by update notifications. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How 17 Stressed-Out Millennials Make Home a Peaceful Place to Escape When the News Is Just Too Much," 19 Nov. 2018 The film, based on the popular Broadway play, told the story of a faithful husband [Tom Ewell] who becomes tempted by his new beautiful neighbor [Monroe] while his family goes away for the summer. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Marilyn Monroe avoided the casting couch, fought to shed sex symbol status, book claims," 3 Aug. 2018 Don Balon suggest that Barcelona may well be tempted by the sizeable offer from Bayern, especially given the large number of midfielders currently playing for the Catalan side. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Set to Offer €80m for Barcelona Star After Impressive World Cup," 9 July 2018 Note that the mountainous scenery along the three-hour drive is mesmerizingly beautiful and that you'll be tempted to use half your phone's storage to take pictures and time lapses during the trip. 2. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Should you be tempted to fly down and see it in person, check out our guide to finding cheap flights. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About the July 2019 Solar Eclipse," 7 Jan. 2019 Just as low rates have encouraged companies to issue more debt, investors have been tempted to buy the bonds because of the poor returns available on cash. The Economist, "Where will the next crisis occur?," 1 May 2018 This is a lesson for U.S. Democrats tempted to excuse anti-Semitism in their ranks as over-enthusiastic political opposition to Israeli policies from neophyte politicians. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "A Lesson in Anti-Semitism," 14 Feb. 2019 As tempting as perusing spring’s new arrivals on your favorite e-tailer might be, the harsh reality is that the next few weeks promise continued cold weather. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Survive the Rest of Winter With These 4 Essential Layering Tips," 7 Feb. 2019

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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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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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