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

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According to the latest teaser trailer posted to BTS WORLD’s YouTube channel and socials, the first track from the game’s soundtrack — which features Jin, Jimin and Jungkook — will be released this Friday, June 7. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS Has Officially Announced the Release Date for BTS World Mobile Game," 6 June 2019 The brand also released a new teaser photo and a video that both show the car's rear end. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 The spoilers revealed in the teaser show that Amy has been given the option of accepting a buy out. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Did Matt and Amy Roloff of 'Little People Big World' Actually Sell Their Farm?," 15 Mar. 2019 However, a screenshot from the teaser for next week's episode proves Ghost is, in fact, alive and well at Winterfell following the battle. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Panic: Ghost Is Still Alive on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 Another surprise return is Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, who died in The Last Jedi, as his voice can be heard throughout the first teaser trailer's short runtime. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 There isn’t much to take away from the teaser in terms of a narrative, but the infamous Golden Snitch does make an appearance. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is delayed," 14 Nov. 2018 Here’s what the Twitterverse has to say about Venom’s conspicuous absence from the Venom teaser. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The First Venom Teaser with Tom Hardy Has Arrived and the Internet Is Confused," 8 Feb. 2018 But from the teaser alone, fans got to see a glimpse at Emilia Clarke (Qi’Ra), Woody Harrelson (Tobias Beckett), Atlanta‘s Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Hail, Caesar! Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Here's Han! Watch the Teaser for the First Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of teaser

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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