tease

verb
\ ˈtēz How to pronounce tease (audio) \
teased; teasing

Definition of tease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make fun of : kid
b : to disturb or annoy by persistent irritating or provoking especially in a petty or mischievous way
c : to annoy with petty persistent requests : pester also : to obtain by repeated coaxing
d : to persuade to acquiesce especially by persistent small efforts : coax
e : to manipulate or influence as if by teasing
2 : to comb (hair) by taking hold of a strand and pushing the short hairs toward the scalp with the comb
3 : to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without intending to satisfy it
4a : to disentangle and lay parallel by combing or carding tease wool
b : teasel
5 : to tear in pieces especially : to shred (a tissue or specimen) for microscopic examination

tease

noun

Definition of tease (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of teasing : the state of being teased
2 : one that teases

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Verb

teasingly \ ˈtē-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce tease (audio) \ adverb

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Verb

worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation. pursued a policy of worrying the enemy annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks. you're doing that just to annoy me harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power. harassed on all sides by creditors harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment. the strikers had been harried by thugs plague implies a painful and persistent affliction. plagued all her life by poverty pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks. constantly pestered with trivial complaints tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath. children teased the dog

Examples of tease in a Sentence

Verb He and his wife enjoy teasing each other about their different tastes in music. The other children teased her because she was wearing braces. He was always teased by his brother about being short. Oh, don't get so angry. I was just teasing! The boy's mother told him to stop teasing the dog. Noun a pretty girl who has the reputation of being a bit of a tease The lower rate is just a tease to attract new customers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Early on, the rapper used the platform to tease new music and to provide a healthy flow of new visual content for fans. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 Ahmed said Rojas used to tease Ahmed about his healthy eating habits and his bedtime rituals. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2021 The point being that the two layers are quite impossible to tease apart. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Give me a spectacle or give me nothing; don’t just tease me, jolt me. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 6 Aug. 2021 Developer testimonials celebrate how Roblox set them free from the financial difficulties of being a college student or even tease the prospect of a lifelong career in games. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 Over dinners of burgers, chicken and milkshakes, the players hold court on serious and light topics, tease each other, and generally get to know each other. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Separating atoms of iron-60 from the similarly hefty but differently charged nickel-60 is especially challenging, but TUM’s ASM, built in 1970, is one of the few in the world powerful enough to tease them apart. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 Both possibilities remain viable in this and related research, thus inviting future studies to tease the two apart. Steven C. Pan, Scientific American, 25 Oct. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tease for season six makes clear that Prince and Rhoades will become the show's new central combatants, supplanting the feud with Axelrod, which -- in the middle of the series -- saw the two briefly become allies. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 The tease we were shown in the end credits of Spider-Man was that Norman Osborn appeared to be trying to use the symbiote to save his son Harry’s life. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 More recently, in addition to this latest blog post, Outriders has mentioned something called New Horizon, which may be a tease of future content, albeit not its actual name. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 What a tease to have Raj back for like two minutes. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 18 Aug. 2021 Coming from a burlesque background, Sigourney incorporates the art of the tease into all of her drag performances. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Netflix released an intriguing tease for the movie, simply playing a voiceover scene in which Gyllenhaal's character answers a 911 call from a panicked woman. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 30 Aug. 2021 In another sweet tease, Mario Lopez dances alongside his daughter Gia as part of Holiday in Santa Fe. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 3 Sep. 2021 In some instances, the tease remains open for interpretation, perhaps for a few more hours. Chris Willman, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of tease

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Noun

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tease

Verb

Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan; akin to Old High German zeisan to tease

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The first known use of tease was before the 12th century

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tease

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tease

: to laugh at and criticize (someone) in a way that is either friendly and playful or cruel and unkind
: to annoy or bother (an animal)
: to make (hair) look fuller or bigger by combing it in a special way

tease

verb
\ ˈtēz How to pronounce tease (audio) \
teased; teasing

Kids Definition of tease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make fun of … some kids tease me about my name.— Paula Danziger, Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
2 : to annoy again and again Stop teasing the dog.

Other Words from tease

teaser noun

tease

noun

Kids Definition of tease (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of making fun of or repeatedly bothering a person or animal
2 : a person who makes fun of people usually in a friendly way

tease

transitive verb
\ ˈtēz How to pronounce tease (audio) \
teased; teasing

Medical Definition of tease

: to tear in pieces especially : to shred (a tissue or specimen) for microscopic examination

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