- To tantalize is defined as to tease someone by showing them something which is desirable and then not providing it.
An example of tantalize is to let a person smell chili, but not provide any chili to eat.
tantalize definition by Webster's New World
tantalize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing, tan·ta·liz·es
To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach.
Origin: From Latin Tantalus, Tantalus; see Tantalus.
- tanˌta·li·zaˈtion noun
- tanˈta·lizˌer noun
- tanˈta·lizˌing·ly adverb