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Meaning of TEMPT

Pronunciation:  tempt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
  2. [v]  provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  3. [v]  try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"
  4. [v]  dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
  5. [v]  give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers"
  6. [v]  try to seduce
 

TEMPT is a 5 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: allure, charm, entice, influence, invite, lure
 
 See Also: appeal, arouse, attract, bait, bewitch, bid, call, decoy, excite, hook, invite, lead on, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, persuade, provoke, seduce, sex, shake, shake up, snare, spellbind, stimulate, stimulate, stir, stool, sway, turn on, tweedle, wind up

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tempt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tempted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Tempting}.] [OE. tempten, tenten, from OF. tempter, tenter,
F. tenter, fr. L. tentare, temptare, to handle, feel, attack,
to try, put to the test, urge, freq. from tendere, tentum,
and tensum, to stretch. See {Thin}, and cf. {Attempt},
{Tend}, {Taunt}, {Tent} a pavilion, {Tent} to probe.]
1. To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.

         God did tempt Abraham.                --Gen. xxii.
                                               1.

         Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God. --Deut. vi.
                                               16.

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

         Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his
         own lust, and enticed.                --James i. 14.

3. To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite;
   to provoke; to instigate.

         Tempt not the brave and needy to despair. --Dryden.

         Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire.
                                               --Pope.

4. To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt.

         Ere leave be given to tempt the nether skies.
                                               --Dryden.

Syn: To entice; allure; attract; decoy; seduce.

 

 

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