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English definition of “tempt”

tempt

verb [T]     /tempt/
to make someone want to have or do something, especially something that is unnecessary or wrong : The offer of free credit tempted her into buy ing a new car . [+ to infinitive] They tempted him to join the company by offer ing him a large salary and a company car .Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction 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.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
(Definition of tempt verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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