Tempt Definition

tempted, tempts
tempted, tempts
To test; try.
Webster's New World
To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward.
American Heritage
To try to persuade; induce or entice, esp. to something immoral or sensually pleasurable.
Webster's New World
To rouse desire in; be inviting to; attract.
Webster's New World
To provoke or run the risk of provoking (fate, etc.)
Webster's New World

Origin of Tempt

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English tempten from Old French tempter from Latin temptāre to feel, try

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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