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tantalize

tan·ta·lize

tantalize

 
pronunciation:
taen t laIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tantalized, tantalizes, tantalizing
definition: to tease or torment with the sight or prospect of something desirable but unattainable.
He tantalized the dog, waving the strip of bacon in front of its nose.
synonyms:
lead on, tease, tempt, tickle, titillate
similar words:
bait, entice, intrigue, provoke, taunt, torment, whet
derivation: tantalization (n.)