from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward.
- transitive v. To be inviting or attractive to: A second helping tempted me. We refused the offer even though it tempted us. See Synonyms at lure.
- transitive v. To provoke or to risk provoking: Don't tempt fate.
- transitive v. To cause to be strongly disposed: He was tempted to walk out.
- intransitive v. To be attractive or inviting: a meal that tempts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
- v. To attract; to allure.
- v. To provoke something; to court.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.
- transitive v. To lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce.
- transitive v. To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate.
- transitive v. To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put to trial; try; test; put to the test.
- To entice; attract; allure; invite; induce; incline; dispose; incite.
- To incite or entice to evil; entice to something wrong by presenting arguments that are plausible or convincing, or by the offer of some pleasure or apparent advantage as the inducement; seduce.
- To provoke; defy; act presumptuously toward.
- To attempt; endeavor to do, accomplish, or reach; venture on.
- Synonyms and To lure, inveigle, decoy, bait, bribe.
- n. An attempt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
- v. dispose or incline or entice to
- v. induce into action by using one's charm
- v. try presumptuously
- v. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
- v. try to seduce
Middle English tempten, from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre, to feel, try.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tempter (French: tenter), from Latin temptare, more correctly tentare ("to handle, touch, try, test, tempt"), frequentative of tenere ("to hold"). Displaced native Old English costning ("temptation"). (Wiktionary)