tease


tease
tease [tēz]
vt.
teased, teasing [ME tesen < OE tæsan, to pull about, pluck, tease, akin to Du teezen < IE * di-s < base * dā(i)-, to cut apart, divide > TIDE1]
1.
a) to separate the fibers of; card or comb (flax, wool, etc.)
b) to fluff (the hair) by brushing or combing in strokes from the hair ends toward the scalp
c) to gently shred or pull apart (tissues, etc.) for microscopic examination, cellular research, etc.
d) to reveal, extract, obtain, etc. by painstaking effort: often with out [it took hours to tease out the meaning of the story]
2. to raise a nap on (cloth) by brushing with teasels; teasel
3. to annoy or harass by persistent mocking or poking fun, playful fooling, etc.
4. to urge persistently; importune
5.
a) to tantalize
b) to excite sexually without intending to satisfy the desire aroused
vi.
to indulge in teasing
n.
1. a teasing or being teased
2. a person who teases
SYN.- ANNOY
teasingly
adv.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • tease — ► VERB 1) playfully make fun of or attempt to provoke. 2) tempt sexually. 3) (tease out) find out by searching through a mass of information. 4) gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) into separate strands. 5) archaic comb (the surface of …   English terms dictionary

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  • tease — tease1 [ti:z] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(laugh)¦ 2¦(annoy an animal)¦ 3¦(sex)¦ 4¦(hair)¦ Phrasal verbs  tease something<=>out ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: tAsan] 1.) ¦(LAUGH)¦ [I and T] to laugh at someone and make jokes in order to ha …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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