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English definition of “tempt”

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.
(Definition of tempt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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