tempt

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verb \ˈtem(p)t\

Definition of tempt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain

  3. 2a :  to induce to do somethingb :  to cause to be strongly inclined was tempted to call it quits

  4. 3a :  to try presumptuously :  provoke tempt fateb :  to risk the dangers ofc obsolete :  to make trial of :  test

temptable

play \ˈtem(p)-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of tempt in a Sentence

  1. that chocolate dessert sure tempts me, but I should stick with my diet

  2. refusing to lay in enough food for the long winter tempts the dangers of starvation

Origin and Etymology of tempt

Middle English, from Anglo-French tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of 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


TEMPT Defined for English Language Learners

tempt

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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

tempt

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verb \ˈtempt\

Definition of tempt for Students

tempted

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tempting

  1. :  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.

tempter

noun


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