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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Since gel nail polish can be worn for weeks on end without even the tiniest chip, stretching the life of your manicure is tempting. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 The Kings did work out Marvin Bagley III recently and need frontcourt scoring help but Doncic is just too tempting. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "NBA mock draft 5.0: A new name for the Phoenix Suns at No. 16 in 2018 NBA draft," 13 June 2018 The Trojans’ seven-figure package was too tempting for Enfield to reject. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "With or without Odom, UMBC can build on its NCAA tournament breakthrough," 23 Mar. 2018 But his versatility of being able to play both positions proved to be too tempting to the Cowboys early on. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Byron Jones excited about move to cornerback, says it best fits his skills | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 13 Mar. 2018 Seeing as Rangers are managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, a move to Scotland may be a very tempting prospect for Kent. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Urge Club to Keep Exciting 21-Year-Old After Scintillating Display," 9 July 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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