tempt·​ing | \ ˈtem(p)-tiŋ How to pronounce tempting (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Caffeine, alcohol, high-sugar foods, and late-night phone scrolling may all be really tempting when stress is high. Lynn Saladino, Health.com, "Are Your Stress Levels Too High? Take This Quiz to Find Out," 22 Apr. 2021 Remaining unbiased and not overly preferring or favoring one crypto over another – no matter how tempting that might be – is important to develop a robust crypto ecosystem. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, "Dogecoin Price Volatility Overshadows The Bigger Picture - Effective Crypto Policy," 21 Apr. 2021 While spring break travel is very tempting, travelers should consider the dangers of traveling while COVID-19 is still spreading, especially with only 15% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Is It Safe To Travel For Spring Break?," 1 Apr. 2021 The $175 billion fund lawmakers created to help health care providers recover from the pandemic proved a tempting target. Rachel Cohrs, STAT, "The Trump administration quietly spent billions in hospital funds on Operation Warp Speed," 5 Mar. 2021 It’s a tempting, tasty union that might be able to satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "Krispy Kreme has two new Oreo-themed doughnuts. And they’re available in South Florida for a limited time.," 6 Apr. 2021 The cannabis marketplace is rapidly evolving, offering tempting opportunities — and tough decisions — for brands with an appetite for growth. Matt Morea, Rolling Stone, "Riding the Green Rush: A Road Map for Cannabis Brands in 2021," 31 Mar. 2021 Still, the magnetic attachment that happens with the Sonos version may be too tempting to resist. David Phelan, Forbes, "Sonos Roam: 7 Things Nobody Has Told You About The New Portable Speaker," 9 Mar. 2021 Factor in a super-snowy winter and the prospect of projecting a warm-balmy sunset onto our bedroom walls is just too tempting to resist. Nick Levine, refinery29.com, "Sunset Projection Lamps Exist & Here’s Where To Buy One For $25," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of tempting

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempting

from present participle of tempt

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The first known use of tempting was in 1588

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26 Apr 2021

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“Tempting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempting. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tempting

: causing an urge or desire to have or do something

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