What does tempt mean?

Definitions for tempt
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tempt, allure(verb)

    dispose or incline or entice to

    "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"

  2. entice, lure, tempt(verb)

    provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

    "He lured me into temptation"

  3. tempt, invite(verb)

    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting

    "the window displays tempted the shoppers"

  4. charm, influence, tempt(verb)

    induce into action by using one's charm

    "She charmed him into giving her all his money"

  5. tempt(verb)

    try to seduce

  6. tempt(verb)

    try presumptuously

    "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"

Wiktionary

  1. tempt(Verb)

    To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.

    She tempted me to eat the apple.

    Etymology: From tempter (French: tenter), from temptare, more correctly tentare, frequentative of tenere.

  2. tempt(Verb)

    To attract; to allure.

    Its glossy skin tempted me.

    Etymology: From tempter (French: tenter), from temptare, more correctly tentare, frequentative of tenere.

  3. tempt(Verb)

    To provoke something; to court.

    It would be tempting fate.

    Etymology: From tempter (French: tenter), from temptare, more correctly tentare, frequentative of tenere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tempt(verb)

    to put to trial; to prove; to test; to try

  2. Tempt(verb)

    to lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce

  3. Tempt(verb)

    to endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate

  4. Tempt(verb)

    to endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tempt

    temt, v.t. to put to trial: to test: to try to persuade, esp. to evil: to entice.—adj. Temp′table.—ns. Temp′tableness; Temptā′tion, act of tempting: state of being tempted: that which tempts: enticement to evil: trial.—adj. Temptā′tious, seductive.—n. Temp′ter, one who tempts, esp. the devil:—fem. Temp′tress.—adj. Temp′ting, adapted to tempt or entice.—adv. Temp′tingly.—n. Temp′tingness. [O. Fr. tempter (Fr. tenter)—L. tentāre, an inten. of tendĕre, to stretch.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tempt' in Verbs Frequency: #837

How to pronounce tempt?

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How to say tempt in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempt in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tempt in a Sentence

  1. Sir George Savile:

    The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    Don't tempt me. Do your job.

  4. I Ching:

    Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.

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Translations for tempt

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  • temptarCatalan, Valencian
  • [[in]] [[Versuchung]] [[führen]], lockenGerman
  • tentarSpanish
  • vietellä, härnätä, viekoitella, houkuttaaFinnish
  • tenter, attirerFrench
  • buairScottish Gaelic
  • tentarGalician
  • लुभानाHindi
  • csábítHungarian
  • tentareItalian
  • verleiden, lokken, verlokken, uitlokkenDutch
  • fristeNorwegian
  • kusićPolish
  • tentarPortuguese
  • tenta, ispitiRomanian
  • склоня́ть, увещева́ть, подбива́ть, соблазни́ть, провоци́ровать, склони́ть, подби́ть, соблазня́ть, прельсти́ть, искуша́ть, спровоци́ровать, искуси́ть, прельща́тьRussian
  • tenteareSardinian
  • ప్రేరేపించు, ఎర వేయు, రెచ్చగొట్టుTelugu
  • blufodön, bätönVolapük

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