Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb tempt

6 senses of tempt

Sense 1
tempt, allure -- (dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food")
       => invite, bid -- (ask someone in a friendly way to do something)

Sense 2
entice, lure, tempt -- (provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation")
       => provoke, stimulate -- (provide the needed stimulus for)

Sense 3
tempt, invite -- (give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers")
       => stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir -- (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country")

Sense 4
charm, influence, tempt -- (induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money")
       => persuade -- (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!")

Sense 5
tempt -- (try to seduce)
       => arouse, sex, excite, turn on, wind up -- (stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience")

Sense 6
tempt -- (try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert")
       => persuade -- (cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!")

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