- to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
- to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite: The offer tempts me.
- to render strongly disposed to do something: The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
- to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one's fate.
- Obsolete. to try or test.
Origin of tempt
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Examples from the Web for tempt
He says certain books, and even scary Halloween horror movies, tempt people to the devil.Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 29, 2014
Small things about every day that tempt people, we wanted to find out what they were.Michael B. Jordan: Playing a Black Superhero in 'Fantastic Four' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'
September 28, 2014
You can never know who can become a spy for the enemy if you have enough means to pressure him, to blackmail him, to tempt him.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
August 5, 2014
Hoping to tempt her back into writing, her agent suggested that she and her husband collaborate on a book in his genre.Isabel Allende’s Controversial New Thriller
February 23, 2014
Fearful lest curiosity might tempt me to open it, I had never even looked at it in book-stores.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
And to tempt him there was this new mystery, this knowledge that he could not miss.Way of the Lawless
That would be to tempt God: means as well as results are his.Weighed and Wanting
Magnificent was the day, indeed, and sorely did La Malne tempt us to a halt.The Roof of France
It was hard to dissemble still, to tempt him to say something that would madden me!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
And now he just peeped in, to see if he could tempt me forth to play.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
- to allure, invite, or attract
- to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; disposetheir unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
- to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
Word Origin and History for tempt
early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare "to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test." Related: Tempted; tempting.