verb (used with object)
- to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
- to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite: The offer tempts me.
- to render strongly disposed to do something: The book tempted me to read more on the subject.
- to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke: to tempt one’s fate.
- Obsolete. to try or test.
- to attempt to persuade or entice to do something, esp something morally wrong or unwise
- to allure, invite, or attract
- to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; disposetheir unfriendliness tempted me to leave the party
- to risk provoking (esp in the phrase tempt fate)
v.early 13c., from Old French tempter (12c.), from Latin temptare “to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test.” Related: Tempted; tempting.