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VERB (6)

1. dispose or incline or entice to;
- Example: "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
[syn: tempt, allure]

2. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion;
- Example: "He lured me into temptation"
[syn: entice, lure, tempt]

3. give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting;
- Example: "the window displays tempted the shoppers"
[syn: tempt, invite]

4. induce into action by using one's charm;
- Example: "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
[syn: charm, influence, tempt]

5. try to seduce;

6. try presumptuously;
- Example: "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tempt \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. [1913 Webster] God did tempt Abraham. --Gen. xxii. 1. [1913 Webster] Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God. --Deut. vi. 16. [1913 Webster] 2. To lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce. [1913 Webster] Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. --James i. 14. [1913 Webster] 3. To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate. [1913 Webster] Tempt not the brave and needy to despair. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt. [1913 Webster] Ere leave be given to tempt the nether skies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Syn: To entice; allure; attract; decoy; seduce. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

tempt v 1: dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food" [syn: tempt, allure] 2: provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation" [syn: entice, lure, tempt] 3: give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers" [syn: tempt, invite] 4: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, influence, tempt] 5: try to seduce 6: try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

64 Moby Thesaurus words for "tempt": allure, appeal, attract, bait, be attractive, becharm, beckon, bewitch, bring, cajole, captivate, carry, carry away, charm, coax, court, dare, decide, decoy, determine, dispose, draw in, draw on, enamor, endear, engage, enlist, enrapture, entice, entrap, fascinate, fetch, get to do, hold in thrall, incline, induce, infatuate, inflame with love, influence, interest, interest in, inveigle, invite, lead, lead on, lure, move, persuade, procure, prompt, provoke, rouse, seduce, solicit, summon, sway, tantalize, tease, tickle, titillate, train, vamp, whet the appetite, woo