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tempt

 
 
pronunciation:
tempt
grammatical pattern:
verb + smby + inf.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tempts, tempting, tempted
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.[verb + smby + inf. ] 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.[verb + smby + inf. ]
synonyms:
motivate, move
similar words:
dispose, goad, incline, inspire, prick, prod, prompt
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derivation: temptable (adj.)
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