from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to tease (someone) by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach
- v. to bait (someone) by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tease or torment by presenting some good to the view and exciting desire, but continually frustrating the expectations by keeping that good out of reach; to tease; to torment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tease or torment by presenting something desirable to the view, and frustrating expectation by keeping it out of reach; excite expectations or hopes or fears in (a person) which will not be realized; tease; torment; vex. Also spelled tantalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. harass with persistent criticism or carping
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.
The point is to tantalize the public and belittle the administration.
And James Bond is a stretch, though Brown is younger than Sean Connery and those JB initials do tantalize.
To always say more than it intends, to conjure up possibilities that set us off on internal flights of fancy, to gesture beyond itself in myriad ways and to tantalize with the shadows of other stories, hiding in the corners of the most realistic of narratives.
Mr. Ashbery has lived with the radiant and elusive prose poems of the "Illuminations" for a lifetime; they tantalize him still.
A decade on, despite all the investigations and reports, they still tantalize: Why didn't the FBI brass follow up on field reports of visiting young Arabs trying the learn how to fly jumbo jets?
From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.
The women's colorful dress, rainbow-spectrum saris that tantalize the eyes, dot the landscape and stand out against the men in plain white sarongs with gold trim, usually shirtless and full of smell.