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.

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The promotions offer a chance to sample new places or rediscover old favorites at tempting prices. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Dine Downtown deals return to San Jose from July 19-28," 8 July 2019 All great seafood and steakhouse menus involve a tempting list of side dishes. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Brussels sprouts shine with soy ginger glaze at Grille 66," 5 July 2019 As tempting as that idea was, common sense prevailed. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Thanks to a friend's 'selfless act,' an Ellicott City woman has hope," 28 June 2019 And high school coaches are working overtime to make sure their kids don't slip from their grasps to something new and tempting. , Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Pressure cooker: Summertime chase for athletic scholarships, high school playing time," 26 June 2019 But as Operation Soft Cell shows, metadata remains a tempting target for foreign hackers—and one that might be all too easy for determined ones to get their hands on. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "A Likely Chinese Hacker Crew Targeted 10 Phone Carriers to Steal Metadata," 24 June 2019 Stories so tempting to summarize should not also be such a pleasure to excerpt. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "True Mirages," 6 June 2019 Members of the clan laid out a tempting feast of pork and rice and called out the names of a hundred ancestors, inviting them to come and eat and then take Alquane with them to their world. Carlo Gabuco, National Geographic, "Death rituals help restless spirits find peace in the Philippines," 9 Apr. 2019 Wasp Traps Wasp traps work by luring the insects inside a container with some tempting treat, like sugar water, and then preventing them from escaping. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways to Keep Wasps Away From You," 26 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tempting

: causing an urge or desire to have or do something

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