AskDefine | Define tempt

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1 dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food" [syn: allure]
2 provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation" [syn: entice, lure]
3 give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers" [syn: invite]
4 induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, influence]
5 try to seduce
6 try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"

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From tempter (French: tenter), from temptare.


  1. To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
    She tempted me to eat the apple.
  2. To attract; to allure.
    Its glossy skin tempted me.
  3. To provoke something; to court.
    It would be tempting fate.


To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice
To attract; to allure
To provoke something; to court

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allure, appeal, attract, bait, be attractive, becharm, beckon, bewitch, bring, cajole, captivate, carry, carry away, charm, coax, court, dare, decide, decoy, determine, dispose, draw in, draw on, enamor, endear, engage, enlist, enrapture, entice, entrap, fascinate, fetch, get to do, hold in thrall, incline, induce, infatuate, inflame with love, influence, interest, interest in, inveigle, invite, lead, lead on, lure, move, persuade, procure, prompt, provoke, rouse, seduce, solicit, summon, sway, tantalize, tease, tickle, titillate, train, vamp, whet the appetite, woo
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