- 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.
transitive verbtan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing, tan·ta·liz·es
- To excite by exposing something desirable that remains or is made difficult or impossible to obtain: Researchers have been tantalized by the possibility of finding a cure for the disease.
- To be strongly attractive to; excite the senses or desire of: The aroma coming from the bakery tantalized us.
Origin of tantalizeFrom Latin Tantalus, Tantalus; see Tantalus.
(third-person singular simple present tantalizes, present participle tantalizing, simple past and past participle tantalized)