tan·​ta·​liz·​ing | \ ˈtan-tə-ˌlī-ziŋ How to pronounce tantalizing (audio) \

Definition of tantalizing

: possessing a quality that arouses or stimulates desire or interest also : mockingly or teasingly out of reach

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tantalizingly adverb

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The tantalizing question, unanswered in the document, is what changed. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "6 takeaways from Michael Cohen’s new plea deal with Mueller," 29 Nov. 2018 The potential for ridiculous agility hasn’t been fully explored, but an electric powertrain unlocks some tantalizing possibilities. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Electric Slide: We Drove the Tesla Model 3 in the Snow to See How It Fares as a Rally Car," 21 Feb. 2019 Terrible traffic, never-ending construction, stomach-churning food options…what if your least favorite airport added the tantalizing possibility of losing $5,000 on a Miami Dolphins game? Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Life-Changing Magic of Chicken Wings and Sports Betting," 13 Aug. 2018 Similarly, the UAE Derby — a 1 1/4-mile prep on dirt in Dubai — has produced some tantalizing possibilities but no winners. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Three big storylines heading into Kentucky Derby week," 29 Apr. 2018 Don't Kiss Sometimes almost kissing can be as tantalizing as kissing. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "17 Foreplay Tips & Ideas You'll Be Dying to Try," 18 Jan. 2019 Extremely private, behind high walls, yet surrounded by natural beauty—tantalizing glimpses of the sky, Table Mountain or Lion’s Head from every room—yet minutes from the city’s best restaurants, party hotspots, shops and beaches. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 This tantalizing prospect proves too beguiling for Laszlo not to explore. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: In Search of the World That Was," 18 Jan. 2019 And one look at her loyal front row in Paris proves that the designer’s muses offer up equally tantalizing beauty moves. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Miuccia’s Muses! 17 Quirky Beauties Who Define the Miu Miu Front Row Look," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tantalizing

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tantalizing was circa 1683

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