[ 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
It is very tantalising to be so near the source of wisdom, and utterly unable to avail ourselves of it.
It is a tantalising feast, and the American smiles serenely as he smokes in his corner and refuses to have anything to do with it.Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
To the young Boers it was a sight not less tantalising than strange, and their elders had a difficulty in restraining them.The Vee-Boers|Mayne Reid
Tantalising to have all the duels and fighting done during the entr'actes.
It is particularly tantalising and demands the patience of a Job.Life in an Indian Outpost|Gordon Casserly
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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