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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]