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English definition of “tease”

tease

verb [I/T]    /tiz/
to intentionally annoy a person or animal by saying something that is not true or pretending to do something, often in a playful way: [T] Don’t tease the dog by showing her the treat if you’re not going to give it to her. [I] I was only teasing (= joking), I didn’t mean anything by it.
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