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Meaning of TEMPT

Pronunciation:  tempt

WordNet Dictionary
  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
\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.

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

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.

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

         Ere leave be given to tempt the nether skies.

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