tempt·ing | \ˈtem(p)-tiŋ \

Definition of tempting 

: having an appeal : enticing a tempting offer

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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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In Miami, this might be even more tempting, given the affinity for the real estate market. Eduardo Gruener, miamiherald, "No, your house is not an investment," 9 July 2018 The only thing more tempting are the towering cakes. Houston Chronicle, "Dip into ice cream shops in Houston and Galveston," 10 May 2018 In some cases, that's when that good-old 401(k) starts to look very tempting ... even if using that money ASAP will hurt your financial situation later on. Abby Haglage, refinery29.com, "4 Women Explain Why They Liquidated Their 401(k)s — & If It Was Worth It," 13 July 2018 Freedom Fest Plenty of free activities at Gulfstream Park, 1:15-9 p.m., along with entertainment, tempting treats, face painting for kids and evening fireworks. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ft. Lauderdale and Oakland Park area events, June 27-July 7," 25 June 2018 The Giants will get some tempting offers, and keeping Bumgarner has its downsides, including a whopper next contract. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Scott Ostler: Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots," 30 June 2018 Glamour asked her to watch Love at First Shot to see whether its message was tempting. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 And though offering suggestions for how to improve his life will be tempting, simply listening is better. Heather Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "What to do when a loved one is severely depressed," 8 June 2018 That last assignment, as a supply chief, was offered as Chinchilla weighed a tempting civilian job offer. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Johnny Chinchilla: immigrant, veteran, cancer survivor, single father and, now, college grad," 27 May 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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