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“temptation” in British English

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temptationnoun

uk /tempˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /tempˈteɪ.ʃən/

B2 [ C or U ] the wish to do or have something that you know you should not do or have:

[ + to infinitive ] As a young actress, she resisted the temptation to move to Hollywood.

[ C ] something that makes you want to do or have something that you know you should not:

He knew it was wrong to steal, but the money just lying there was too great a temptation.

More examples

  • I'm afraid I succumbed to temptation and had a piece of cheesecake.
  • I finally surrendered to temptation, and ate the last remaining chocolate.
  • It's very easy to yield to temptation and spend too much money.
  • The temptation is to take more food than you need.

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

“temptation” in American English

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temptationnoun [ C/U ]

us /tempˈteɪ·ʃən/

the desire to have or do something, esp. something wrong, or something that causes this desire:

[ U ] It’s not easy to resist temptation.
[ C ] Ice cream is always a real temptation for me.

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

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