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Definition of tease verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tease
    he / she / it teases
    past simple teased
    -ing form teasing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] tease (somebody) tease (somebody) + speech to laugh at someone and make jokes about them, either in a friendly way or in order to annoy or embarrass them Don't get upset—I was only teasing. I used to get teased about my name.
  2. 2[transitive] tease something to annoy an animal, especially by touching it, pulling its tail, etc.
  3. 3[transitive] tease something (+ adv./prep.) to pull something gently apart into separate pieces to tease wool into strands
  4. 4[transitive] tease something to comb your hair in the opposite direction to the way it grows so that it looks thicker
  5. Phrasal Verbstease somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tease

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