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- Rhymes: -ɛmpt
From Old French tempter (French: tenter), from Latin temptare, more correctly tentare (“to handle, touch, try, test, tempt”), frequentative of tenere (“to hold”). Displaced native Old English costning (“temptation”).
- (transitive) To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
- She tempted me to eat the apple.
- (transitive) To attract; to allure.
- Its glossy skin tempted me.
- (transitive) To provoke something; to court.
- It would be tempting fate.
to provoke someone to do wrong
to attract, allure