1 allure, appeal to, attract, coax, decoy, draw, entice, inveigle, invite, lead on, lure, make one's mouth water, seduce, tantalize, whet the appetite of, woo
2 bait, dare, fly in the face of, provoke, risk, test, try
1 deter, discourage, dissuade, hinder, inhibit, put off
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tempt ( tempts 3rd person present) ( tempting present participle) ( tempted past tense & past participle )
1 verb Something that tempts you attracts you and makes you want it, even though it may be wrong or harmful.
Reducing the income will further impoverish these families and could tempt an offender into further crime... V n into n/-ing
It is the fresh fruit that tempts me at this time of year... V n
Can I tempt you with a little puff pastry?... V n with n
The fact that she had become wealthy did not tempt her to alter her frugal way of life. V n to-inf
2 verb If you tempt someone, you offer them something they want in order to encourage them to do what you want them to do.
...a million dollar marketing campaign to tempt American tourists back to Britain... V n prep/adv
Don't let credit tempt you to buy something you can't afford... V n to-inf
She will be offering a package worth about 40 million dollars, to tempt the rebels into agreeing to disarm. V n into -ing/n
4 If someone says that something they say or do is tempting fate or is tempting providence, they mean they are worried that it may cause the good luck they have had so far to end.
tempt fate/tempt providence phrase V inflects
As soon as you start to talk about never having played on a losing side, it is tempting fate.
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