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tempt

tempt

 
 
pronunciation:
tempt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tempted, tempting, tempts
definition 1: to entice or try to entice (someone) to do something unwise or wrong, as by promising pleasure or reward.
His friends tempted him to skip class with them, but he refused.Please don't tempt me with your delicious desserts!
synonyms:
allure, entice, lure, seduce
antonyms:
deter, discourage
similar words:
attract, bait, bewitch, charm, fascinate, invite, solicit, spellbind, tantalize, titillate
definition 2: to be attractive or strongly appealing to.
The idea of a swim right now tempts me.
synonyms:
appeal to, attract, beckon
antonyms:
repel
similar words:
allure, call, draw, enchant, entice, excite, invite, lure
definition 3: to provoke or put to the test.
Such recklessness tempts fate.
synonyms:
ask for, court, invite, risk
similar words:
bait, flirt with, incite, provoke
definition 4: to cause to be strongly inclined or disposed.
I was tempted to reply to their rudeness.
synonyms:
motivate, move
similar words:
dispose, goad, incline, inspire, prick, prod, prompt
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derivation: temptable (adj.)
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