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Definition of "tempt" []

  • To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward. (verb-transitive)
  • To be inviting or attractive to: A second helping tempted me. We refused the offer even though it tempted us. See Synonyms at lure. (verb-transitive)
  • To provoke or to risk provoking: Don't tempt fate. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be strongly disposed: He was tempted to walk out. (verb-transitive)
  • To be attractive or inviting: a meal that tempts. (verb-intransitive)
  • To attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To allure, invite, or attract (verb)
  • To give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; dispose (verb)
  • To risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate) (verb)

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Use "tempt" in a sentence
  • "16 Disappointment might urge the flatterer to secret revenge; and the first glance of favor might again tempt him to suspend and suppress a libel, 17 in which the Roman Cyrus is degraded into an odious and contemptible tyrant, in which both the emperor and his consort Theodora are seriously represented as two daemons, who had assumed a human form for the destruction of mankind."
  • "Delays in product recalls tempt tragedyThe Los Angeles Times Mega Brands agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million last week in connection with a defective toy that caused the death of a toddler."
  • "These labels tempt children with free gifts and seduce them to be loyal consumers of a particular product."