tempt

To tempt is to lure or entice. You might tempt your runaway dog back inside with pieces of cheese.

The verb tempt often has negative implications: "Don't let those bullies tempt you into picking on smaller kids!" When something tempts you, it's often with the knowledge that it's not the best idea, however attractive it might be. Tempt was originally a religious term, meaning "to entice to evil or sin," while today it's more likely to be a slice of cake that tempts us than the devil.

Definitions of tempt
1

v dispose or incline or entice to

“We were tempted by the delicious-looking food”
Synonyms:
allure
Type of:
bid, invite
ask someone in a friendly way to do something

v provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

Synonyms:
entice, lure
Types:
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hook, snare
entice and trap
seduce
lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
call
lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
stool
lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
lead on
entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken
tweedle
entice through the use of music
decoy
lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy
bait
lure, entice, or entrap with bait
Type of:
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for

v give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting

“the window displays tempted the shoppers”
Synonyms:
invite
Type of:
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

v induce into action by using one's charm

Synonyms:
charm, influence
Types:
bewitch, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, spellbind
attract strongly, as if with a magnet
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

v try to seduce

Type of:
arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
stimulate sexually

v try presumptuously

“St. Anthony was tempted in the desert”
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

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