Definition of tempt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tempt

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    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French tempter ‘to test’, from Latin temptare ‘handle, test, try’.Extra examples Charlotte was tempted into parting with £20 for the painting. Did you ever feel tempted to cheat? I was almost tempted to strip off and plunge straight into the pool. She was sorely tempted to throw the wine in his face. restaurants tempting us with delicious cakes Don’t tempt thieves by leaving valuables clearly visible.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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