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verb tease pronunciation in British English /tiːz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytease
he/she/itteases
present participleteasing
past tenseteased
past participleteased
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way

    I didn’t mean it: I was only teasing.

    tease someone about someone/something:

    John’s always teasing me about my accent.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to annoy an animal in order to have fun
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make someone think that you are willing to have sex with them when you are not
  3. 3
    [transitive] American to backcomb your hair
  4. 4

    tease

    or

    tease out

    [transitive] to separate a group or knot of pieces of hair, string etc into individual pieces

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