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Pronunciation: /tiːz/

Translation of tease in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (make fun of) [person] tomarle el pelo a [colloquial/familiar]; (cruelly) burlarse or reírse de they tease me about my lisp se burlan or se ríen de mí a causa de mi ceceo, me toman el pelo por mi ceceo [colloquial/familiar] they're saying it to tease you lo dicen por tomarte el pelo [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Michael laughed slightly, teasing the dog by tapping him on the side of his head, and then pulling his hand away before the dog could playfully bite him.
    • I know it's silly but I've grown used to my quiet little life, pottering about the house and garden, teasing the cats and tending the plants.
    • A visit to the city zoo was not considered complete unless one teased a monkey and made it snarl or got it to throw back the banana or nuts thrown at it.
    Example sentences
    • Those behind the service claim it will let mobile users ‘flirt, tantalise and tease other mobile users by anonymous text messages’.
    • When she woke up I kissed and teased her.
    • Again, she kissed him, to tease him into state of fiery desire.
    1.2 (annoy) hacer* rabiar, fastidiar he teased her by echoing everything she said repetía todo lo que (ella) decía para hacerla rabiar or para fastidiarla 1.3 (torment) martirizar* 1.4 (tantalize sexually) provocar*, incitar
  • 2 2.1 [wool/flax/fabric] cardar 2.2 [hair] (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) cardar, batir, hacerse* crepé (Mexico/México) , crepar (Spain/España) , escarmenar (Chile)
    Example sentences
    • I replied, undoing my ponytail and teasing my hair to make it look a bit better.
    • Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.
    • Her hair was teased in a messy bun on the top of her head.
    Example sentences
    • Chris teased the last few tangles out of his hair.
    • His gray-green eyes sparkled with laughter and mirth, as he slung an arm around Jess, his hand teasing her hair affectionately.
    • But, however one teases out the strands, the rug remains resolutely tangled.
    Example sentences
    • A fuller of cloth is one who prepares cloth, teasing and thickening it.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • don't take any notice, he's only teasing no le hagas caso, te está tomando el pelo [colloquial/familiar]



Phrasal verbs

tease out

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
to tease sth out of sth sacar* algo de algo I managed to tease it out of her logré sonsacárselo

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