- 1temper something (with something) (formal) to make something less severe by adding something that has the opposite effect Justice must be tempered with mercy. The hot sunny days were tempered by a light breeze. His delight was tempered by regret.
- 2temper something (specialist) to make metal as hard as it needs to be by heating and then cooling it tempered steel Word Origin Old English temprian ‘bring something into the required condition by mixing it with something else’, from Latin temperare
BrE BrE//ˈtempə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they temper
BrE BrE//ˈtempə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempər//he / she / it tempers
BrE BrE//ˈtempəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempərz//past simple tempered
BrE BrE//ˈtempəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempərd//past participle tempered
BrE BrE//ˈtempəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempərd//-ing form tempering
BrE BrE//ˈtempərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempərɪŋ//