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tempt

[tempt] /tɛmpt/
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.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin temptāre to probe, feel, test, tempt
Related forms
temptable, adjective
pretempt, verb (used with object)
self-tempted, adjective
supertempt, verb (used with object)
untemptable, adjective
untempted, adjective
Synonyms
1. Tempt, seduce may both mean to allure or entice to something unwise or wicked. To tempt is to attract by holding out the probability of gratification or advantage, often in the direction of that which is wrong or unwise: to tempt a man with a bribe. To seduce is literally to lead astray, sometimes from that which absorbs one or demands attention, but oftener, in a moral sense, from rectitude, chastity, etc.: to seduce a person away from loyalty. 2. inveigle, induce, lure, incite, persuade.
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  • The tantalizing snack hovered above until a hungry fish was tempted to go for it.
  • You'll be tempted to scoop one up and cup it in your hands.
  • Curious insects are tempted to come close and take a sip, then slide down the slippery slope to their deaths.
  • Other potential escape routes pose similarly daunting obstacles for those tempted to flee.
  • While you may be tempted to start researching solar panels, saving electricity does not necessarily require drastic measures.
  • If statistically desperate, you're tempted to grab whatever data is available.
  • He occasionally mentioned that if he weren't an ecologist, he might be tempted to find work as a war photographer.
  • Being human, scientists are tempted to show that they know more than they do.
  • Athletes have obviously been tempted to use performance enhancing anabolic steroids.
  • Furthermore, once a country becomes dependent on you for their livelihood they are less tempted to act against you.
British Dictionary definitions for tempted

tempt

/tɛmpt/
verb (transitive)
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; dispose: their unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
4.
to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
Derived Forms
temptable, adjective
tempter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test
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Word Origin and History for tempted

tempt

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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