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Definition of "tantalize" [tan•ta•lize]

  • To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tantalize" in a sentence
  • "Many words come from Greek roots, but the roots for "tantalize" run all the way to Greek myth about a misbehaving son of Zeus named Tantalus."
  • "Let's thwart those blood-thirsty savages, who, in the name of Islam, target innocents and tantalize the taliban-bashers."
  • "ECLIPSE can pounce on you like a ravenous jaguar, cloud your judgment like a dense fog, or tantalize your senses with kaleidoscopic color-tones."