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From Middle English tempten, from Old French tempter (French: tenter), from Latin temptare, from tentare (to handle, touch, try, test, tempt), frequentative of tendere (to stretch). Displaced native English costning (temptation).

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tempt (third-person singular simple present tempts, present participle tempting, simple past and past participle tempted)

  1. (transitive) To provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice.
    She tempted me to eat the apple.
  2. (transitive) To attract; to allure.
    Its glossy skin tempted me.
  3. (transitive) To provoke something; to court.
    It would be tempting fate.

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tempt (tr., 1st conj., pres. tempju, temp, tempj, past tempu)

  1. to gulp
  2. to swill
  3. to quaff

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