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verb [transitive] tempt pronunciation in British English /tempt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theytempt
he/she/ittempts
present participletempting
past tensetempted
past participletempted
  1. 1
    [often passive] to make you want to do or to have something, especially something that is not good for you

    The shop windows were lit invitingly, tempting the late shoppers.

    'Do you want another drink?' 'I'm tempted.'

    be tempted to do something:

    Don't be tempted to spend too much.

    tempt someone into (doing) something:

    You try to tempt the defender into making a tackle.

    1. a.
      used about something that is wrong or dangerous

      I was sorely (=strongly) tempted to hit him.

      Unemployment undoubtedly increases the number of those tempted into crime.

    2. b.
      used about something that is good or attractive

      The programmes are designed to tempt young people into engineering.

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