tease out


teased out; teasing out; teases out

transitive verb

: to obtain by or as if by disentangling or freeing with a pointed instrument

Examples of tease out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unable to detect it directly, astronomers tease out clues by studying dust that has been aligned by the magnetic field and the light that passes through this dust. Quanta Magazine, 1 July 2024 The report teases out some of the strategic differences between the two streaming rivals. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2024 Researchers have struggled to tease out whether the cold water itself is helpful or whether the benefits come from, say, having an active lifestyle and socializing with friends. Jesse Greenspan, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 The Antonoff and Dessner songs are, with a handful of exceptions, situated in an oil-and-water arrangement, with the Antonoff tunes largely coming first and carefully teasing out pop hooks while the Dessner songs scatter lively accompaniments into mostly acoustic reflections. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tease out 

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tease out was in 1828

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“Tease out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tease%20out. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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