tantalize


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tan·ta·lize

 (tăn′tə-līz′)
tr.v. tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing, tan·ta·liz·es
1. To excite by exposing something desirable that remains or is made difficult or impossible to obtain: Researchers have been tantalized by the possibility of finding a cure for the disease.
2. To be strongly attractive to; excite the senses or desire of: The aroma coming from the bakery tantalized us.

[From Latin Tantalus, Tantalus; see Tantalus.]

tan′ta·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
tan′ta·liz′er n.
tan′ta·liz′ing·ly adv.

tantalize

(ˈtæntəˌlaɪz) or

tantalise

vb
(tr) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
[C16: from the punishment of Tantalus]
ˌtantaliˈzation, ˌtantaliˈsation n
ˈtantaˌlizer, ˈtantaˌliser n
ˈtantaˌlizing, ˈtantaˌlising adj
ˈtantaˌlizingly, ˈtantaˌlisingly adv

tan•ta•lize

(ˈtæn tlˌaɪz)

v.t. -lized, -liz•ing.
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations.
[1590–1600; Tantal (us) + -ize]
tan′ta•liz`er, n.

tantalize


Past participle: tantalized
Gerund: tantalizing

Imperative
tantalize
tantalize
Present
I tantalize
you tantalize
he/she/it tantalizes
we tantalize
you tantalize
they tantalize
Preterite
I tantalized
you tantalized
he/she/it tantalized
we tantalized
you tantalized
they tantalized
Present Continuous
I am tantalizing
you are tantalizing
he/she/it is tantalizing
we are tantalizing
you are tantalizing
they are tantalizing
Present Perfect
I have tantalized
you have tantalized
he/she/it has tantalized
we have tantalized
you have tantalized
they have tantalized
Past Continuous
I was tantalizing
you were tantalizing
he/she/it was tantalizing
we were tantalizing
you were tantalizing
they were tantalizing
Past Perfect
I had tantalized
you had tantalized
he/she/it had tantalized
we had tantalized
you had tantalized
they had tantalized
Future
I will tantalize
you will tantalize
he/she/it will tantalize
we will tantalize
you will tantalize
they will tantalize
Future Perfect
I will have tantalized
you will have tantalized
he/she/it will have tantalized
we will have tantalized
you will have tantalized
they will have tantalized
Future Continuous
I will be tantalizing
you will be tantalizing
he/she/it will be tantalizing
we will be tantalizing
you will be tantalizing
they will be tantalizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tantalizing
you have been tantalizing
he/she/it has been tantalizing
we have been tantalizing
you have been tantalizing
they have been tantalizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tantalizing
you will have been tantalizing
he/she/it will have been tantalizing
we will have been tantalizing
you will have been tantalizing
they will have been tantalizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tantalizing
you had been tantalizing
he/she/it had been tantalizing
we had been tantalizing
you had been tantalizing
they had been tantalizing
Conditional
I would tantalize
you would tantalize
he/she/it would tantalize
we would tantalize
you would tantalize
they would tantalize
Past Conditional
I would have tantalized
you would have tantalized
he/she/it would have tantalized
we would have tantalized
you would have tantalized
they would have tantalized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tantalize - harass with persistent criticism or carpingtantalize - harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
jeer, scoff, flout, gibe, barrack - laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

tantalize

verb torment, tease, taunt, torture, provoke, entice, lead on, titillate, make someone's mouth water, keep someone hanging on He would tantalize the dog with food.

tantalize

verb
To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach:
Translations
mučit neukojitelnou touhou
friste
sekkieren
tantaluszi kínokat okoz
stríîa/kvelja meî tálvonum
mocīt
eziyet/işkence etmek

tantalize

[ˈtæntəlaɪz] VT
1. (= excite) → tentar
he was tantalized by her perfumesu perfume le resultaba incitante
2. (= torment) to tantalize sb (with sth)atormentar a algn (con algo)

tantalize

[ˈtæntəlaɪz] tantalise (British) vtfaire saliver

tantalize

vtreizen; (= torment also)quälen; to be tantalizedTantalusqualen ausstehen

tantalize

[ˈtæntəˌlaɪz] vttormentare

tantalize,

tantalise

(ˈtӕntəlaiz) verb
to tease or torment (a person etc) by making him want something he cannot have and by keeping it just beyond his reach. The expensive clothes in the shop-window tantalized her.
ˈtantalizing, ˈtantalising adjective
tantalizing smells in the kitchen.
References in classic literature ?
Lately, he had as- sured himself that the altered comrade would not tantalize him with a persistent curiosity, but he felt certain that during the first period of leisure his friend would ask him to relate his adventures of the previous day.
The herbage is parched and withered; the brooks and streams are dried up; the buffalo, the elk and the deer have wandered to distant parts, keeping within the verge of expiring verdure, and leaving behind them a vast uninhabited solitude, seamed by ravines, the beds of former torrents, but now serving only to tantalize and increase the thirst of the traveller.
The word tantalize comes from the name of this mythical king.
From Very Creamy Potato Soup to Easy Company Curry Chicken and Burnt Sugar Candy Bar Cake, Best Of The Best From Idaho Cookbook presents homestyle flavors to tease and tantalize the palate.