tease

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1 tease /ˈtiːz/ verb
teases; teased; teasing
1 tease
/ˈtiːz/
verb
teases; teased; teasing
Learner's definition of TEASE
: to laugh at and criticize (someone) in a way that is either friendly and playful or cruel and unkind
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to annoy or bother (an animal)
[+ object] US : to make (hair) look fuller or bigger by combing it in a special way
: to make (someone) feel excitement or interest about something you might do or say without actually doing it or saying it
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to remove or separate (thin pieces of something) slowly and carefully
often + out
often used figuratively

— teasing

noun [noncount]

— teasingly

/ˈtiːzɪŋli/ adverb
2 tease /ˈtiːz/ noun
plural teases
2 tease
/ˈtiːz/
noun
plural teases
Learner's definition of TEASE
[count]
: a person who teases other people usually singular
especially : a person who seems to be sexually interested in someone but who is not serious about having a sexual relationship
: a joking remark that criticizes someone in a friendly way : a teasing remark usually singular
US : teaser 2
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