baffle, balk, disappoint, entice, frustrate, keep (someone) hanging on, lead on, make (someone's) mouth water, provoke, taunt, tease, thwart, titillate, torment, torture
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tantalize ( tantalizes 3rd person present) ( tantalizing present participle) ( tantalized past tense & past participle )
in BRIT, also use tantalise If someone or something tantalizes you, they make you feel hopeful and excited about getting what you want, usually before disappointing you by not letting you have what they appeared to offer. verb
...the dreams of democracy that have so tantalized them. V n
A tantalising aroma of roast beef fills the air.
tantalizingly adv ADV adj, ADV with v, ADV with cl
She went away disappointed after getting tantalisingly close to breaking the record...
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