tease


tease
I UK [tiːz] / US [tɪz] verb
Word forms "tease":
present tense I/you/we/they tease he/she/it teases present participle teasing past tense teased past participle teased
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1)
a) [intransitive/transitive] to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way

I didn't mean it: I was only teasing.

tease someone about someone/something:

John's always teasing me about my accent.

b) [transitive] to annoy an animal in order to have fun
2) [intransitive/transitive] to make someone think that you are willing to have sex with them when you are not
3) [transitive] American to backcomb your hair
4) tease or tease out
[transitive] to separate a group or knot of pieces of hair, string etc into individual pieces

The wool is teased into longer and straighter fibres.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [tiːz] / US [tɪz] noun [countable]
Word forms "tease":
singular tease plural teases
1)
a) someone who says something to you in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying you slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way

He's just a tease. Ignore him.

b) something that someone says or does when they are teasing you
2) someone who makes you think that they are willing to have sex with you when they are not
3) informal something that is designed to make people interested in an event that will happen or in a product that will become available later

English dictionary. 2014.

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