tempt


tempt

verb (used with object)

  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.
  3. to render strongly disposed to do something: The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
  4. to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one’s fate.
  5. Obsolete. to try or test.

verb (tr)

  1. to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
  2. to allure, invite, or attract
  3. to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; disposetheir unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
  4. to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)

v.early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare “to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test.” Related: Tempted; tempting.

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