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[tan-tl-ahyz] /ˈtæn tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), tantalized, tantalizing.
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.
Also, especially British, tantalise.
Origin of tantalize
1590-1600; Tantal(us) + -ize
Related forms
tantalization, noun
tantalizer, noun
untantalized, adjective
provoke, taunt, tempt; frustrate.
satisfy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tantalized
  • Research on both geckos and tree frogs has tantalized materials scientists with visions of smart adhesives for human applications.
  • Researchers are tantalized by each new scrap of comet data.
  • No single element has tantalized and tormented the human imagination more than gold.
  • We're meant to be a little lost, too-tantalized by hints and echoes.
  • Indeed, stories of surprising recoveries after a fall into icy-cold water have tantalized researchers for years.
  • The prospect of using them to heal damaged heart muscle has tantalized biomedical researchers for more than two decades.
  • Perhaps it tantalized us with a taste, a reminder, of the power of the press.
  • Millions more, tantalized by friends' cryptic hints, are eager to get in on it.
  • Suggestions for maintaining an empty in-box, a goal that has tantalized many since the dawn of e-mail.
  • There is one experimental procedure that has tantalized researchers with the prospects of a successful treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for tantalized


(transitive) to tease or make frustrated, as by tormenting with the sight of something greatly desired but inaccessible
Derived Forms
tantalization, tantalisation, noun
tantalizer, tantaliser, noun
tantalizing, tantalising, adjective
tantalizingly, tantalisingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from the punishment of Tantalus
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Word Origin and History for tantalized



1590s, from Latin Tantalus, from Greek Tantalos, king of Phrygia, son of Zeus, punished in the afterlife (for an offense variously given) by being made to stand in a river up to his chin, under branches laden with fruit, all of which withdrew from his reach whenever he tried to eat or drink. His story was known to Chaucer (c.1369).

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