What does tempt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tempt, allureverb

    dispose or incline or entice to

    "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"

  2. entice, lure, temptverb

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

    "He lured me into temptation"

  3. tempt, inviteverb

    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting

    "the window displays tempted the shoppers"

  4. charm, influence, temptverb

    induce into action by using one's charm

    "She charmed him into giving her all his money"

  5. temptverb

    try to seduce

  6. temptverb

    try presumptuously

    "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"

Wiktionary

  1. temptverb

    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. temptverb

    To attract; to allure.

    Its glossy skin tempted me.

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

  3. temptverb

    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. Temptverb

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

  2. Temptverb

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

  3. Temptverb

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

  4. Temptverb

    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

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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. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet:

    Tempt not a desperate man.

  2. Sir George Savile:

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

  3. 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.

  4. J. Hawes:

    He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.

  5. Sir Thomas More:

    Nay, tempt me not to love again There was a time when love was sweet Dear Nea had I known thee then, Our souls had not been slow to meet But oh this weary heart hath run So many a time the rounds of pain, Not even for thee, thou lovely one Would I endure such pangs again.

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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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