Meaning of “tempt” in the English Dictionary

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"tempt" in British English

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temptverb [ T ]

uk /tempt/ us /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 buying a new car.
[ + to infinitive ] They tempted him to join the company by offering him a huge 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 I decided not to."
I was sorely (= very) tempted to resign after my boss screamed at me for the second time.

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(Definition of “tempt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tempt" in American English

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temptverb [ T ]

us /tempt/

to encourage someone to want to have or do something, esp. something wrong:

I’m trying to diet – don’t tempt me with that cake!
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈtemp·tɪŋ/

Any free offer is always tempting.


(Definition of “tempt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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