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tease

verb [I or T] uk   us   /tiːz/

tease verb [I or T] (MAKE FUN OF)

B2 to laugh at someone or say unkind things about them, either because you are joking or because you want to upset that person: I used to hate being teased about my red hair when I was at school. I was only teasing, I didn't mean to upset you.
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tease verb [I or T] (HAIR)

US (UK backcomb) to hold your hair away from your head and brush it towards your head with a comb, in order to make it look thicker
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tease

noun [C] uk   us   /tiːz/
someone who is always teasing people: Johnny, don't be such a tease - leave your sister alone! slang disapproving someone who enjoys causing sexual excitement and interest in people she or he does not intend to have sex with
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