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tantalize

[ tan-tl-ahyz ]
/ 藞t忙n tl藢a瑟z /
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Definition of tantalize

verb (used with object), tan路ta路lized, tan路ta路liz路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路ta路lise .

Origin of tantalize

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; Tantal(us) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM tantalize

tan路ta路li路za路tion, nountan路ta路liz路er, nounun路tan路ta路lized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tantalize

tantalize

tantalise

/ (藞t忙nt蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible

Derived forms of tantalize

tantalization 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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