tempt

verb
VERB + TEMPT
could, may, might
try to
PREPOSITION
into

Charlotte was tempted into parting with $50 for the painting.

with

restaurants tempting us with delicious cakes

PHRASES
be almost tempted, be half tempted

I was almost tempted to strip off and plunge straight into the pool.

be tempted, feel tempted

Did you ever feel tempted to cheat?

be seriously tempted, be severely tempted (esp. BrE), be sorely tempted, be strongly tempted, be very tempted

She was sorely tempted to throw the wine in his face.

Tempt is used with these nouns as the object: ↑buyer, ↑fate, ↑shopper

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • tempt — S3 [tempt] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: tempter, tenter, from Latin temptare, tentare to feel, try, tempt ] 1.) to try to persuade someone to do something by making it seem attractive tempt sb into doing sth ▪ The new program is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tempt — [ tempt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) often passive to make you want to do or have something, especially something that is not good for you: The store windows were lit invitingly, tempting the late shoppers. Do you want another drink? I m tempted. be …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tempt — Tempt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tempted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tempting}.] [OE. tempten, tenten, from OF. tempter, tenter, F. tenter, fr. L. tentare, temptare, to handle, feel, attack, to try, put to the test, urge, freq. from tendere, tentum, and tensum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tempt — /tɛmpt / (say tempt) verb (t) 1. to induce or persuade by enticement or allurement. 2. to allure, appeal strongly to, or invite: the offer tempts me. 3. to render strongly disposed (to do something). 4. to try to dispose or incite; assail with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tempt´er — tempt «tehmpt», transitive verb. 1. to make or try to make (a person) do something: »The sight of the food tempted the hungry man to steal. SYNONYM(S): lure, inveigle, decoy. 2. to appeal strongly to; attract: »That candy tempts me. SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • tempt — ► VERB 1) entice (someone) to do something against their better judgement. 2) (be tempted to do) have an urge or inclination to do. 3) attract; charm. ● tempt fate (or providence) Cf. ↑tempt providence …   English terms dictionary

  • tempt — interj. = timpt 1: Tame akies mirksnyje tempt jį už apykaklės, jis drioks aukštynelkas TS1904,4(Vaižg) …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • tempt — [tempt] vt. [ME tempten < OFr tempter < LL(Ec) temptare < L, to try the strength of, urge < IE * temp : see TEMPER] 1. Archaic to test; try 2. to try to persuade; induce or entice, esp. to something immoral or sensually pleasurable 3 …   English World dictionary

  • tempt — index bait (lure), cajole, coax, entice, entrap, interest, inveigle, lure, motivate …   Law dictionary

  • tempt — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. tempter (12c.), from L. temptare to feel, try out, attempt to influence, test. Related: Tempted; tempting in the sense of inviting is from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • tempt — v. allure, entice, tantalize, seduce …   English contemporary dictionary

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