tantalize

[ tan-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈtæn tlˌaɪz /

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.
Also especially British, tan·ta·lise.

Origin of tantalize

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

Related forms

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

tantalize

tantalise

/ (ˈtæntəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

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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