- 1to attract somebody or make somebody 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.
- 2to persuade or try to persuade somebody 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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French tempter
BrE BrE//tempt//; NAmE NAmE//tempt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tempt
BrE BrE//tempt//; NAmE NAmE//tempt//he / she / it tempts
BrE BrE//tempts//; NAmE NAmE//tempts//past simple tempted
BrE BrE//ˈtemptɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtemptɪd//past participle tempted
BrE BrE//ˈtemptɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtemptɪd//-ing form tempting
BrE BrE//ˈtemptɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtemptɪŋ//