To arouse hope, desire, or curiosity in without affording satisfaction. (verb-transitive)
To urge persistently; coax: teasing their mother for more candy. (verb-transitive)
To gain by persistent coaxing: "the New York editor who could tease great books from the unpromising woolly jumble of an author's first draft” ( Ian Jack). (verb-transitive)
To deal with or have an effect on as if by teasing. (verb-transitive)
To cut (tissue, for example) into pieces for examination. (verb-transitive)
To disentangle and dress the fibers of (wool, for example). (verb-transitive)
To raise the nap of (cloth) by dressing, as with a fuller's teasel. (verb-transitive)
To ruffle (the hair) by combing from the ends toward the scalp for an airy, full effect. (verb-transitive)
To annoy or make fun of someone persistently. (verb-intransitive)
The act of teasing. (noun)
The state of being teased. (noun)
One that teases, as: (noun)
One given to playful mocking. (noun)
A woman who behaves like a coquette. (noun)
A preliminary remark or act intended to whet the curiosity. (noun)
tease out To get by or as if by untangling or releasing with a pointed tool or device: "It takes a carefully trained expert to tease out the truth” ( Arthur Green). (phrasal-verb)
Examples of word tease
So, next hour, give us what we call a tease in this business.
M. O'BRIEN: Hence you have what we call a tease in television.
Now, with an economic crisis upon us coupled with a public that is gun shy about gas prices (you just know those $1.75 prices are only a short-term tease), they now come running, hat-in-hand, begging for bridge loans, as if this economic downturn was the only obstacle in front of them before reinventing themselves into profitable companies that build great products.
I use the word tease because yesterday started with rain and then turned to SNOW - and it hasn’t stopped since.
A tease occurs when two of the girls take off their shirts to change into swimsuits, but the camera quickly cuts away.