teas·​er | \ ˈtē-zər How to pronounce teaser (audio) \

Definition of teaser

1 : one that teases
2 : an advertising or promotional device intended to arouse interest or curiosity especially in something to follow

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Examples of teaser in a Sentence

A teaser for the sequel appeared at the end of the movie. credit cards offering teaser rates to get people to sign up
Recent Examples on the Web In a prolific Twitter thread and hours-long Youtube teaser, the service highlighted over 600 titles that subscribers will have unlimited access to stream and download. Elizabeth Wolfe And Brian Ries, CNN, "Here are all the movies and TV shows you can binge on when Disney+ launches," 15 Oct. 2019 Trailers and teasers for El Camino confirm only that Skinny Pete (Charles), Badger (Matt Jones), and Old Joe (Larry Hankin) make appearances. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan drop hints about Breaking Bad movie El Camino," 10 Oct. 2019 Tossing this game as part of a three-team teaser and going under is also a good move. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 7 Sep. 2019 But perhaps the most interesting peek came yesterday, when Focus Features released a third teaser (below) with behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with the cast that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "We’re Hanging on Every Behind-the-Scenes Moment in the Newest Trailer for the Downton Abbey Movie," 21 Aug. 2019 Following some fairly cryptic teasers, Bentley has released two new photos and a video of the upcoming third-gen Flying Spur that show it with little camo. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Debuts June 11 with Rear-Wheel Steering," 29 May 2019 With only a map as a teaser, the show is rumored to be the most expensive television show ever made and will take place during the Second Age (a prequel to the original series). Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Dead May Never Die: So What's Next for Game of Thrones?," 20 May 2019 Take its breakout shows like You, The OA, and Ozark, which all had mystifying initial teasers, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Renée Zellweger Is Back—We’re Just Not Sure in What, Exactly," 23 Apr. 2019 For months, all potential viewers have had to go on is two brief teasers featuring one particularly creepy baby. Christian Holub, EW.com, "M. Night Shyamalan's Servant trailer reveals the truth behind that creepy baby," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of teaser

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teaser.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaser. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of teaser

What It Is

A teaser is a document that advertises the potential future sale of a security.

How It Works

The teaser's job is to create demand for a security. Because it is not a prospectus, it does not usually have all the details about the offering; rather, it highlights the most positive aspects of the offering and entices readers to subscribe to the offering later.

To get an idea of the role of the teaser, let’s assume Company XYZ is pursuing an IPO. Before launching the IPO, Company XYZ must see if big institutional investors (or anybody else) want to buy the stock. They create a teaser document, which the investment bank provides to interested parties. Unlike a prospectus, which contains exhaustive detail about the offering, the prospectus is more of an advertising and promotional vehicle.

When the final prospectus is released, the investment bank can take orders from those clients who indicated an interest back when they saw the teaser.

Why It Matters

The role of the teaser is to make investors aware of the investment rather than the risks of the investment. At that stage, investors would essentially consider the investment "sight unseen." Only after the company issues a prospectus is it protected from claims that it did not fully disclose enough information about itself or the securities in question.

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English Language Learners Definition of teaser

: a person who teases other people
: something that is done, offered, or shown to make people want something or want to see something that will be offered or shown at a later time
British : a difficult problem or puzzle

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