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tempt

 
 
pronunciation:
tempt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: tempts, tempting, tempted
definition 1: to try to get (someone) to do something wrong or not wise by offering or seeming to offer something very desirable.
Stop tempting me with that dessert; I'm on a diet.
synonyms:
lure
antonyms:
deter, discourage
similar words:
attract, bait, bewitch, charm, fascinate, invite
definition 2: to be attractive or very appealing to.
The idea of a swim tempts me.
synonyms:
appeal to, attract
antonyms:
repel
similar words:
draw, enchant, excite, invite, lure
definition 3: to cause (someone) to strongly want to do something.
The high salary tempted her to take the job in New York, but in the end she decided she didn't want to leave her home in Chicago.I was tempted to open the mysterious box and see what was inside it.
similar words:
dispose, incline, inspire, prick, prod, prompt
derivation: temptable (adj.)
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