[ tan-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈtæn tlˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing.
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.
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Also especially British, tan·ta·lise .
Origin of tantalize
First recorded in 1590–1600; Tantal(us) + -ize
OTHER WORDS FROM tantalizetan·ta·li·za·tion, nountan·ta·liz·er, nounun·tan·ta·lized, adjective
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How to use tantalize in a sentence
Once a day a small ration was doled out--pitifully small--enough to tantalise appetite, but not to still hunger.The Gaunt Gray Wolf|Dillon Wallace
The red wine in the tall glasses, the cakes and fruit, tantalise a hungry man who stares at them through the glass.The Lure of Old London|Sophie Cole
He could pull an oar with the strongest, and on the baseball field could tantalise a crack batsman with cranky balls.The Long Patrol|H. A. Cody
The obstacles in his way, however, seemed to increase as circumstances combined to fret and tantalise his hopes.Banked Fires|E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
Of course the deer or antelopes sprang out of the shrubbery or scoured across the plain only to tantalise them.The Hunters' Feast|Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for tantalize
/ (ˈtæntəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
Derived forms of tantalizetantalization or tantalisation, nountantalizer or tantaliser, nountantalizing or tantalising, adjectivetantalizingly or tantalisingly, adverb
Word Origin for tantalize
C16: from the punishment of Tantalus
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