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teaseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /tiːz/
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 ​redhair when I was at ​school. I was just teasing, I didn't ​mean to ​upset you.

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teasenoun [C]

uk   us   /tiːz/
someone who is always teasing ​people: Johnny, don't be such a tease - ​leaveyoursisteralone! slang disapproving someone who ​enjoyscausingsexualexcitement and ​interest in ​people she or he does not ​intend to have ​sex with
(Definition of tease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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teaseverb [I/T]

 us   /tiz/
to ​intentionallyannoy 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.

teasenoun [C]

 us   /tiz/
a ​person who ​likes to ​annoy other ​people by saying ​false things or ​pretending to do something
(Definition of tease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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