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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Watch the full teaser clip above of the Murder Mystery costars, who previously played a couple in the 2011 rom-com Just Go With It. Lexi Vollero, EW.com, "Watch Friends star Jennifer Aniston share where she thinks Ross and Rachel would be today," 12 June 2019 Below: Images from the Veronica Mars season four teaser trailer—spoiler-free! Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "No marshmallows here: Veronica Mars season 4 pulls no punches," 31 July 2019 The trio also debuted the teaser trailer that stars Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Julia Garner, Catherine Keener, Cristin Milioti, Dev Patel and John Slattery. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Anne Hathaway Is a Glowing Mom-to-Be at TCA Event Days After Announcing Second Pregnancy," 27 July 2019 From the initial cast list and brief teaser trailers shown thus far before the full trailer, fans already knew some things about the new season. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor In Paradise 2019 Trailer Is Here: It's Got Demi's Love Triangle, New Cast & So Much More," 25 July 2019 The first teaser trailer for Sergio Ramos' highly anticipated upcoming documentary series on Amazon Prime has been released. SI.com, "Watch: Trailer Revealed for Sergio Ramos's Amazon Prime Documentary," 22 July 2019 Although Rose was unable to go to this weekend's Comic-Con in San Diego, TVWeb reports that the CW appeased attendees with a new Batwoman teaser trailer. Marci Robin, Allure, "The New Batwoman Teaser Predicts a Tattoo Trend for DC Comics Superfans," 21 July 2019 The teaser trailer only depicted Picard and an unknown voice, so not much is known about the characters the actors will portray. Thom Craver, CBS News, "New Star Trek panels at Comic-Con showcase "Picard," "Discovery," and new animated series "Lower Decks"," 20 July 2019 Anime News Network reported the news out of the Anime Expo yesterday, and studio Sunrise has released a couple of short, related teaser trailers. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Akira is getting a 4K remaster and a new anime series," 5 July 2019

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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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