tempt

[[t]tɛmpt[/t]]
v. t.
1) to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral
2) to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite:
The offer tempts me[/ex]
3) to put to the test in a venturesome way; provoke:
to tempt one's fate[/ex]
4) Obs. to try or test
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME < L temptāre to probe, test, tempt tempt′a•ble, adj. syn: tempt, seduce both mean to allure or entice someone into an unwise, wrong, or wicked action. To tempt is to attract by holding out the probability of gratification or advantage, often in regard to what is wrong or unwise: to tempt a high official with a bribe. To seduce is to lead astray, as from duty or principles, but more often from moral rectitude, chastity, etc.: to seduce a soldier from loyalty.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • tempt — S3 [tempt] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try, tempt ] 1.) to try to persuade someone to do something by making it seem attractive tempt sb into doing sth ▪ The new program is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tempt — [ tempt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) often passive to make you want to do or have something, especially something that is not good for you: The store windows were lit invitingly, tempting the late shoppers. Do you want another drink? I m tempted. be …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tempt — Tempt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tempted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tempting}.] [OE. tempten, tenten, from OF. tempter, tenter, F. tenter, fr. L. tentare, temptare, to handle, feel, attack, to try, put to the test, urge, freq. from tendere, tentum, and tensum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tempt — /tɛmpt / (say tempt) verb (t) 1. to induce or persuade by enticement or allurement. 2. to allure, appeal strongly to, or invite: the offer tempts me. 3. to render strongly disposed (to do something). 4. to try to dispose or incite; assail with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tempt´er — tempt «tehmpt», transitive verb. 1. to make or try to make (a person) do something: »The sight of the food tempted the hungry man to steal. SYNONYM(S): lure, inveigle, decoy. 2. to appeal strongly to; attract: »That candy tempts me. SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • tempt — ► VERB 1) entice (someone) to do something against their better judgement. 2) (be tempted to do) have an urge or inclination to do. 3) attract; charm. ● tempt fate (or providence) Cf. ↑tempt providence …   English terms dictionary

  • tempt — interj. = timpt 1: Tame akies mirksnyje tempt jį už apykaklės, jis drioks aukštynelkas TS1904,4(Vaižg) …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • tempt — [tempt] vt. [ME tempten < OFr tempter < LL(Ec) temptare < L, to try the strength of, urge < IE * temp : see TEMPER] 1. Archaic to test; try 2. to try to persuade; induce or entice, esp. to something immoral or sensually pleasurable 3 …   English World dictionary

  • tempt — index bait (lure), cajole, coax, entice, entrap, interest, inveigle, lure, motivate …   Law dictionary

  • tempt — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. tempter (12c.), from L. temptare to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test. Related: Tempted; tempting in the sense of inviting is from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • tempt — v. allure, entice, tantalize, seduce …   English contemporary dictionary

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