Definition of tempt in English:

tempt

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Entice or try to entice (someone) to do something that they find attractive but know to be wrong or unwise.

    ‘there'll always be someone tempted by the rich pickings of poaching’
    with object and infinitive ‘jobs which involve entertaining may tempt you to drink more than you intend’
    • ‘She tempts him to drink and he loses his precious manuscript.’
    • ‘Sometimes, he says, the bad spirits tempt him to do wrong.’
    • ‘His hair was rich and thick, tempting her to slide her hands through it.’
    • ‘Trips to country pubs, barbecues and parties often tempt people to drink alcohol when they would not otherwise normally do.’
    • ‘Their main goal in life is to entice and tempt men.’
    • ‘When drugs are easy to obtain, more people are tempted and seduced.’
    • ‘Christ was tempted, yet he could not sin.’
    • ‘They use low pricing to tempt people into drinking to excess.’
    entice, persuade, convince, inveigle, induce, cajole, coax, woo
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    1. 1.1be tempted to do something Have an urge or inclination to do something.
      ‘I was tempted to look at my watch, but didn't dare’
      • ‘They were tempted to walk out halfway through the performance.’
      • ‘I am always tempted to revise more for my stronger topics.’
      • ‘I am tempted to lower my standards and do shoddy work.’
      • ‘I was actually tempted to convince him to come back to the band.’
      • ‘I was nearly tempted to kill myself.’
      • ‘When something goes wrong, you're just tempted to buy a new one.’
      • ‘I am really tempted to steal his drinks.’
      • ‘We were tempted to return to our warm old hotel.’
      • ‘I was tempted to make fun of him.’
      • ‘I was tempted to just head home.’
      • ‘Even smaller companies were tempted to reward clients with treats.’
      • ‘I was tempted to stop for ice cream.’
      • ‘You're always tempted to order pizza late at night.’
      • ‘Hospital staff were tempted to give a name to the the unknown child.’
      • ‘I am always tempted not to contact friends who don't contact me.’
      • ‘Some clients were tempted to take out expensive loans to pay for private dental treatment.’
      • ‘None of them were tempted to take a dip in the river.’
      • ‘There have been times when we were tempted to change location or expand.’
      • ‘I have to admit that I was nearly tempted to get involved in a couple, but I did not.’
      • ‘I'm really tempted to buy it.’
    2. 1.2 Persuade (someone) to do something.
      ‘he was tempted out of retirement to save the team from relegation’
      • ‘This game looks fun enough to tempt me out of retirement.’
      • ‘The company is always looking to tempt users to replace their PCs when faster processors hit the market.’
      • ‘They are tempting people in with the promise of exciting speakers or novelties.’
      • ‘Alluring aromas tempt your taste buds as the baking cools.’
      • ‘Special offers are now so attractive they will certainly tempt tourists to our city.’
      • ‘The sight of mounds of watermelons and tender coconuts tempt you.’
      • ‘There are scores of intriguing recipes to tempt your clientele's palates.’
      • ‘The star has been tempted out of retirement for a special show.’
      • ‘After some persuading he has been tempted out to a nearby cafe for this chat.’
      • ‘Will the proposed financial and lifestyle benefits prove enough to tempt workers to a rural idyll?’
      • ‘There are some delicious and healthy fruit drinks on the market that could tempt our children into good habits.’
      • ‘Some product providers offer a very attractive rate to tempt new customers.’
      • ‘The firm tempted drivers to the town by offering attractive packages.’
      • ‘Enticing descriptions on your menu tempt customers to try hot drinks.’
      • ‘This is a tale about a pious young soldier who is tempted and seduced by a beautiful woman.’
      • ‘The champion had been tempted out of retirement for one last fight.’
      • ‘On this island, the tasty cuisine tempts.’
    3. 1.3archaic Risk provoking (a deity or abstract force), usually with undesirable consequences.
      ‘how is it that ye have agreed together, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?’
      • ‘He claims you're always trying to tempt God with whiskey and cigars.’

Phrases

  • tempt fate (or providence)

    • Do something that is risky or dangerous.

      ‘bike couriers tempt fate at every traffic light’
      • ‘He is tempting fate by messing around with a very dangerous drug.’
      • ‘The team tempts fate by planning a victory celebration before a ball has been kicked.’
      • ‘It may be tempting fate to say it, but the trains have been running well these last few days.’
      • ‘I reassured her that it worked fine, which was tempting fate.’
      • ‘Odysseus tempts his fate and risks his life.’
      • ‘I don't want to tempt fate, but my sore throat appears to have gone.’
      • ‘She was convinced that if she signed a will, she'd be tempting fate.’
      • ‘I wouldn't like to tempt fate by saying I have been cured.’
      • ‘I should never have tempted fate by proudly declaring that I had never been suspended in my career.’
      run a risk, live dangerously, play with fire, sail close to the wind, risk it
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French tempter ‘to test’, from Latin temptare ‘handle, test, try’.

Pronunciation

tempt

/tɛm(p)t/