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

    ‘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.

  2. 2
    to try to persuade someone to do something wrong by offering them a reward if they do it

    Jesus was tempted by the Devil.


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