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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tempt v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tempting.]
 1. To put to trial; to prove; to test; to try.
    God did tempt Abraham.   --Gen. xxii. 1.
    Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God.   --Deut. vi. 16.
 2. To lead, or endeavor to lead, into evil; to entice to what is wrong; to seduce.
    Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   --James i. 14.
 3. To endeavor to persuade; to induce; to invite; to incite; to provoke; to instigate.
    Tempt not the brave and needy to despair.   --Dryden.
    Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire.   --Pope.
 4. To endeavor to accomplish or reach; to attempt.
    Ere leave be given to tempt the nether skies.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- To entice; allure; attract; decoy; seduce.