Definition of tantalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tantalize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈtæntəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæntəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tantalize
BrE BrE//ˈtæntəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæntəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it tantalizes
BrE BrE//ˈtæntəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæntəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple tantalized
BrE BrE//ˈtæntəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæntəlaɪzd//
 
past participle tantalized
BrE BrE//ˈtæntəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæntəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form tantalizing
BrE BrE//ˈtæntəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæntəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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tantalize somebody/something to make you want something that you cannot have or do Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Tantalus (a Lydian king in Greek mythology who was punished by being provided with fruit and water which receded when he reached for them) + -ize.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tantalize