To tantalize is defined as to tease someone by showing them something which is desirable and then not providing it.(verb)
An example of tantalize is to let a person smell chili, but not provide any chili to eat.
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transitive verb tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing, tan·ta·liz·es
Origin: From Latin Tantalus, Tantalus; see Tantalus.
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