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Definition of tempt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tempt
    he / she / it tempts
    past simple tempted
    -ing form tempting
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  1. 1to attract someone or make someone want to do or have something, even if they know it is wrong tempt somebody (into something/into doing something) I was tempted by the dessert menu. Don't tempt thieves by leaving valuables clearly visible. tempt somebody to do something I was tempted to take the day off.
  2. 2to persuade or try to persuade someone to do something that you want them to do, for example by offering them something tempt somebody (into something/into doing something) How can we tempt young people into engineering? tempt somebody to do something Nothing would tempt me to live here.
  3. Idioms to do something too confidently in a way that might mean that your good luck will come to an end She felt it would be tempting fate to try the difficult climb a second time.
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