Definitions for: Tempt


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



Webster (1913) 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.

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

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