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 Although this tactic might be tempting to expedite the sale and gain favor with the seller, waiving a home inspection is generally never a good idea. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Oct. 2021 Even among those with high incomes, the temptation to spend all your profits without regard to taxes is very tempting. David Rae, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Apparently, that naturally aspirated V-10 proved to be a little too tempting. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Oct. 2021 While the likes of Apple and Google offer tempting options for those who enjoy first-party features, Sonos has consistently delivered some of the best-sound speakers out there. Maren Estrada, BGR, 30 Sep. 2021 The offer was generous, and incredibly tempting, but . . . Ew Staff, EW.com, 27 Sep. 2021 An especially tempting analysis is at the county level — who won each county, by how much and how does that compare to previous election margins? Nami Sumida, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Perhaps making relocation even more tempting: the median home price in Tulsa is $208,000 as of August, according to real estate site, Redfin. Samara Lynn, ABC News, 12 Sep. 2021 Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 12 Sep. 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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23 Oct 2021

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“Tempting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempting. Accessed 28 Oct. 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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