- 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.
- 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. Idioms
NAmE//tɛmpt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tempt
he / she / it tempts
past simple tempted
-ing form tempting
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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