tempt·​ing | \ˈtem(p)-tiŋ \

Definition of tempting 

: having an appeal : enticing a tempting offer

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Other Words from tempting

temptingly adverb

Examples of tempting in a Sentence

The desserts look very tempting. It is tempting to think of him as the next American president.

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That 100-box of crayons may seem pretty tempting, but in reality, the novelty will wear off pretty quickly. Courtney Jespersen, The Seattle Times, "Tips for saving money on school supplies," 26 July 2018 The challenge, as well as the opportunity, to realize a new project alongside USHG was too tempting to pass up. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Studying the Art of the Manhattan at Danny Meyer’s New Restaurant, Manhatta," 20 July 2018 Gray's acquisition would give Stoke a strong boost in their aim to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt, so a £15m price tag may be viewed as a very tempting and worthwhile investment. SI.com, "Watford Put £15m Price Tag on Andre Gray With Stoke City Reportedly Interested," 17 June 2018 Out West Then there were the summer reading lists at my brother’s Catholic high school; scouring them felt as tempting and illicit as snooping in the faculty members’ diary entries. Nicole Lamy, New York Times, "Books Your Teenager Is Reading That You Should Too," 8 May 2018 Enliven bottles with homemade labels to change your favorite soda or fruit drink into tempting poisons and elixirs, such as Rat Poison, Witches Brew, or Truth Serum. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018 Maxwell Food Centre is another food court with even more stalls selling even more tempting dishes from everywhere across southern Asia. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 But that still leaves blackheads and pimples, which are sometimes too tempting to ignore. Courtney Dunlop, Marie Claire, "DIY Derm: Which Beauty and Skincare Treatments Are Okay to Do at Home?," 30 Aug. 2018 Sidibe can also play on the left, which could make the 25-year-old an even more tempting target for Jose Mourinho, with Ashley Young also 32-years-old, and the Portuguese manager seemingly unimpressed with 22-year-old Luke Shaw. SI.com, "Manchester United Reportedly Eyeing Summer Move for Monaco Full Back Djibril Sidibe," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tempting

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tempting was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of tempting

: causing an urge or desire to have or do something

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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