November 15, 2013
tease (verb)
\TEEZ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to untangle and lay parallel by combing or carding2 a : to annoy continually b : tantalize
How do you use it?
Mr. Beagarie told us that while he was gone, we should not tease or torment the substitute teacher.
Are you a word wiz?

We're not teasing when we say there are so many synonyms of tease that we've filled the answer list below with them. In fact, only one of the choices is NOT a synonym of "tease." Which word does NOT mean the same thing as "tease"?

Answer C, "coerce," suggests using force or threats to cause someone to do something -- a much stronger act than teasing. The other words, however, have meanings similar to "tease," with slight variations. Use "tease" to suggest an attempt to break down someone's resistance or make someone angry, as in "teased the younger child with the toy." Try "pester" to stress the repetition of petty attacks, such as "constantly pestered by minor complaints." Choose "plague" to imply a painful and persistent problem, as in "a life plagued by poverty." Use "harass" to suggest repeated attacks that worry or annoy, as in "harassed on all sides by bill collectors."
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