Definition of tease :
1. One who teases or plagues.
2. To comb or card, as wool or flax.
3. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.
4. To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.
5. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague.
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aggravate (part of speech: verb)
badger, bait, nag, disturb, discompose, envenom, antagonize, exasperate, grate, perturb, upset, harass, chafe, peeve, harry, enrage, torment, bedevil, inflame, needle, pester, rankle, trouble, infuriate, aggravate, exacerbate, arouse
irritate (part of speech: verb)
- Then Wilfrid told her that she was a jolly good sort; and that after all it was a shame to tease her, as she couldn't fight him for it. - "The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy", Mabel Henriette Spielmann.
- What do you try to tease her for? - "We Girls: A Home Story", Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney.
- I couldn't tease a fire out of him with a box of matches. - "Torchy", Sewell Ford.