Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tempt”

See all translations

tempt

verb [T] uk   /tempt/ us  
to make someone want to have or do something, especially something that is unnecessary or wrong: The offer of free credit tempted her into buying a new car. [+ to infinitive] They tempted him to join the company by offering him a large salary and a company car.be tempted B2 to want something or to want to do something: "Did you apply for that job?" "Well, I was very tempted but in the end I decided not to." I was sorely (= very) tempted to resign after my boss was so rude to me.
More examples
Translations of “tempt”
in Korean 유혹하다, 부추기다…
in Arabic يُغْري…
in French tenter…
in Turkish özendirmek, teşvik etmek, imrendirmek…
in Italian tentare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 引誘,誘惑…
in Russian уговаривать, склонять…
in Polish kusić, wabić…
in Spanish tentar…
in Portuguese tentar…
in German verlocken…
in Catalan temptar…
in Japanese ~を誘惑する, そそのかす…
in Chinese (Simplified) 引诱,诱惑…
(Definition of tempt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tempt?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tempt” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More