Definition of tantalize :
To tease or torment by presenting some good to the view and exciting desire, but continually frustrating the expectations by keeping that good out of reach; to tease; to torment.
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- Who's shrewd enough to tantalize him into hand- and- feet marriage. - "Swirling Waters", Max Rittenberg.
- That Leonore held her eyes down, and tried to charm yet tantalize her intended friend, was because Leonore could not help it, being only seventeen and a girl. - "The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him", Paul Leicester Ford.
- As though to tantalize him, numerous seals lay sunning themselves upon the ice pans, for it was now past sunrise, but his only weapon was his snow knife, and he was well aware that the seals would slip into the water and beyond his reach before he could approach and despatch them. - "Bobby of the Labrador", Dillon Wallace.