tantalise

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
tan•ta•lize /ˈtæntəlˌaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -lized, -liz•ing. 
  1. to torment (someone) with, or as if with, the sight of something desirable but out of reach;
    to tease (someone) by raising hopes that cannot be met:tantalized her with dreams of a promotion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
tan•ta•lize  (tantl īz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -lized, -liz•ing. 
  1. to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach;
    tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] tanta•lise′.  tan′ta•li•zation, n. 
tanta•liz′er, n. 
  • Tantal(us) + -ize 1590–1600
    provoke, taunt, tempt;
    frustrate.
    satisfy.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tantalize, tantalise /ˈtæntəˌlaɪz/ vb
  1. (transitive) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
Etymology: 16th Century: from the punishment of Tantalus

ˌtantaliˈzation, ˌtantaliˈsation n ˈtantaˌlizing, ˈtantaˌlising adj ˈtantaˌlizingly, ˈtantaˌlisingly adv



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