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v. tempt·ed, tempt·ing, tempts
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.
To be attractive or inviting: a meal that tempts.
[Middle English tempten, from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre, to feel, try.]
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