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tempt

 (tĕmpt)
v. tempt·ed, tempt·ing, tempts
v.tr.
1. To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward. See Synonyms at lure.
2. To be inviting or attractive to: A second helping tempted me. We refused the offer even though it tempted us.
3. To provoke or to risk provoking: Don't tempt fate.
4. To cause to be strongly disposed: He was tempted to walk out.
v.intr.
To be attractive or inviting: a meal that tempts.

[Middle English tempten, from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre, to feel, try.]

tempt′a·ble adj.
tempt′er n.

tempt

(tɛmpt)
vb (tr)
1. to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
2. to allure, invite, or attract
3. to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; dispose: their unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party.
4. to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
[C13: from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre to test]
ˈtemptable adj
ˈtempter n

tempt

(tɛmpt)

v.t.
1. to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
2. to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite: The offer tempts me.
3. to put to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one's fate.
4. Obs. to try or test.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Latin temptāre to probe, test, tempt]
tempt′a•ble, adj.
syn: tempt, seduce both mean to allure or entice someone into an unwise, wrong, or wicked action. To tempt is to attract by holding out the probability of gratification or advantage, often in regard to what is wrong or unwise: to tempt a high official with a bribe. To seduce is to lead astray, as from duty or principles, but more often from moral rectitude, chastity, etc.: to seduce a soldier from loyalty.

tempt


Past participle: tempted
Gerund: tempting

Imperative
tempt
tempt
Present
I tempt
you tempt
he/she/it tempts
we tempt
you tempt
they tempt
Preterite
I tempted
you tempted
he/she/it tempted
we tempted
you tempted
they tempted
Present Continuous
I am tempting
you are tempting
he/she/it is tempting
we are tempting
you are tempting
they are tempting
Present Perfect
I have tempted
you have tempted
he/she/it has tempted
we have tempted
you have tempted
they have tempted
Past Continuous
I was tempting
you were tempting
he/she/it was tempting
we were tempting
you were tempting
they were tempting
Past Perfect
I had tempted
you had tempted
he/she/it had tempted
we had tempted
you had tempted
they had tempted
Future
I will tempt
you will tempt
he/she/it will tempt
we will tempt
you will tempt
they will tempt
Future Perfect
I will have tempted
you will have tempted
he/she/it will have tempted
we will have tempted
you will have tempted
they will have tempted
Future Continuous
I will be tempting
you will be tempting
he/she/it will be tempting
we will be tempting
you will be tempting
they will be tempting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tempting
you have been tempting
he/she/it has been tempting
we have been tempting
you have been tempting
they have been tempting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tempting
you will have been tempting
he/she/it will have been tempting
we will have been tempting
you will have been tempting
they will have been tempting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tempting
you had been tempting
he/she/it had been tempting
we had been tempting
you had been tempting
they had been tempting
Conditional
I would tempt
you would tempt
he/she/it would tempt
we would tempt
you would tempt
they would tempt
Past Conditional
I would have tempted
you would have tempted
he/she/it would have tempted
we would have tempted
you would have tempted
they would have tempted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tempt - dispose or incline or entice totempt - dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
invite, bid - ask someone in a friendly way to do something
2.tempt - provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation"
snare, hook - entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
seduce - lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct; "She was seduced by the temptation of easy money and started to work in a massage parlor"
call - lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; "Call ducks"
stool - lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
lead on - entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken
tweedle - entice through the use of music
provoke, stimulate - provide the needed stimulus for
decoy - lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy
bait - lure, entice, or entrap with bait
3.tempt - give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers"
stimulate, stir, shake up, excite, shake - stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
4.tempt - induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
magnetise, mesmerise, mesmerize, spellbind, magnetize, bewitch - attract strongly, as if with a magnet; "She magnetized the audience with her tricks"
5.tempt - try to seduce
sex, wind up, excite, turn on, arouse - stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience"
6.tempt - try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

tempt

verb
1. attract, draw, appeal to, allure, whet the appetite of, make your mouth water Can I tempt you with a little puff pastry?
2. entice, lure, lead on, invite, woo, seduce, coax, decoy, inveigle Don't let credit tempt you to buy something you can't afford.
entice discourage, deter, put off, inhibit, hinder, dissuade
3. provoke, try, test, risk, dare, bait, fly in the face of As soon as you talk about never losing, it's tempting fate.

tempt

verb
1. To beguile or draw into a wrong or foolish course of action:
Idiom: lead astray.
2. To behave so as to bring on (danger, for example):
Translations
يُغْرِييُغْري، يُقْنِع، يَجْذِب
lákatvábit
friste
houkutella
namamiti
freista
誘惑する
유혹하다
gundomaigundytojasnorėtisviliojamai
kārdinātvilināt
vábiť
mamiti
fresta
ทำให้อยาก
aklını çelmekayartmakbaştan çıkarmakkışkırtmak
cám dỗ

tempt

[tempt] VT
1. (gen) → tentar
to tempt sb to do sthtentar a algn a hacer algo
I'm tempted to do itestoy tentado de hacerlo
they've offered me a job in France and I must say I'm temptedme han ofrecido un trabajo en Francia y la verdad es que me tienta mucho
can I tempt you to another cake?¿le apetece otro pastelito?
2. (Rel) → tentar, poner a prueba
you shouldn't tempt fate or providenceno hay que tentar a la suerte

tempt

[ˈtɛmpt] vt (gen)tenter; [+ customers] → attirer
I'm very tempted! → Je suis très tenté!
to be tempted to do sth → être tenté(e) de faire qch
to tempt sb to do sth → inciter qn à faire qch
to tempt sb into doing sth → inciter qn à faire qch
to tempt fate → tenter le sort

tempt

vt
(= entice)in Versuchung führen; (successfully) → verführen, verleiten; to tempt somebody to do or into doing somethingjdn dazu verleiten or verführen, etw zu tun; don’t tempt mebring or führ mich nicht in Versuchung!; one is tempted to believe that …man möchte fast glauben, dass …; I am very tempted to acceptich bin sehr versucht anzunehmen; try and tempt her to eat a littleversuchen Sie, ob Sie sie nicht dazu bringen können, etwas zu essen; may I tempt you to have a little more wine?kann ich Sie noch zu etwas Wein überreden?; are you sure you won’t come? — no, I won’t be tempted!willst du bestimmt nicht mitkommen? — nein, ich bleibe hart; to tempt fate or providence (fig)sein Schicksal herausfordern; (in words) → den Teufel an die Wand malen
(Rel) → versuchen, in Versuchung führen; the devil tempts usder Teufel führt uns in Versuchung

tempt

[tɛmpt] vt (person) → tentare
to be tempted to do sth → essere tentato/a di fare qc
can I tempt you with another cake? → posso tentarti con un altro dolce?
to tempt Providence or fate → sfidare il destino
to tempt sb into doing → indurre qn a fare

tempt

(tempt) verb
to (try to) persuade or attract to do something; to make (someone) want to do (something). The sunshine tempted them (to go) out.
tempˈtation noun
1. the act of tempting. the temptation of Christ (by the Devil).
2. something that tempts. He was surrounded by temptations.
ˈtempterfeminine ˈtemptress noun
a person who tempts.
ˈtempting adjective
attractive. That cake looks tempting.
ˈtemptingly adverb
be tempted (to do something)
to think that it would be pleasant, interesting etc to do (something). I'm tempted to go to the party.

tempt

يُغْرِي lákat friste verleiten δελεάζω tentar houkutella tenter namamiti tentare 誘惑する 유혹하다 verleiden friste skusić tentar искушать fresta ทำให้อยาก kışkırtmak cám dỗ 诱使
References in classic literature ?
When somebody said to me, `Young Vincy has taken to being at the billiard-table every night again--he won't bear the curb long;' I was tempted to do the opposite of what I am doing--to hold my tongue and wait while you went down the ladder again, betting first and then--"
In the first fulness of my new happiness, there had been moments when my resolution faltered--moments when I was tempted to be safely content, now that the dearest aspiration of my life was fulfilled in the possession of Laura's love.
I was often tempted, when all was at peace around me, and I the only unquiet thing that wandered restless in a scene so beautiful and heavenly--if I except some bat, or the frogs, whose harsh and interrupted croaking was heard only when I approached the shore--often, I say, I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever.