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English verb: tempt

1. tempt (communication) dispose or incline or entice to


SamplesWe were tempted by the delicious-looking food.


ExamplesThey tempt him to write the letter


Synonymsallure


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)bid, invite


Entailappeal, attract

2. tempt (communication) provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion


SamplesHe lured me into temptation.


Synonymsentice, lure


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)provoke, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)bait, call, decoy, hook, lead on, seduce, snare, stool, tweedle

3. tempt (emotion) give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting


SamplesThe window displays tempted the shoppers.


Synonymsinvite


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

4. tempt (communication) induce into action by using one's charm


SamplesShe charmed him into giving her all his money.


ExamplesThey tempt him to write the letter


Synonymscharm, influence


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)persuade


Narrower (hyponym)bewitch, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, spellbind

5. tempt (emotion) try to seduce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up

6. tempt (communication) try presumptuously


SamplesSt. Anthony was tempted in the desert.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)persuade









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