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tantalize

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Definition to make someone excited about getting something — often something they cannot get
  • I have to walk past the bakery with its tantalizing aromas.
tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something — especially something they can't get
  • The previews are tantalizing.
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • But I swore I wouldn't tell it and here I am tantalizing you.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something they cannot get
  • Maybe Da Vinci's plethora of tantalizing clues was nothing but an empty promise left behind to frustrate the curious and bring a smirk to the face of his knowing Mona Lisa.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • He tried to use the flagging power of his memory to recreate meals, and managed brief, tantalizing fragments: banquets with huge roasted meats; birthday parties with thick-frosted cakes; and lush fruits picked and eaten, sunwarmed and dripping, from trees.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • Huckleberry Finn they saved for me until the third grade, tantalizingly holding it back as if it contained the very secrets of life.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • tantalizingly = in a manner that makes someone excited about getting something they can't get
  • This time it was a subtle promise, a tantalizing hint of beauty still withheld, a beckoning to her spirit to follow she knew not where.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • tantalizing = exciting but out of reach
  • For dangling before her, tantalizingly, what He knew would give her the greatest happiness, then pulling it away.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • tantalizingly = in a manner that makes someone excited about getting something that they cannot get
  • Or maybe Zeus was manipulating my brain—allowing me tantalizing glimpses of the truth, then snatching them away, turning my aha! moments into huh? moments.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • Hester felt herself, in some indistinct and tantalizing manner, estranged from Pearl, as if the child, in her lonely ramble through the forest, had strayed out of the sphere in which she and her mother dwelt together, and was now vainly seeking to return to it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • She could hear a man's voice across the water, but the fog rolled tantalizingly between her and the ship.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • tantalizingly = in a manner that makes someone excited about something that is out of reach
  • The dense brown forest on either side never seemed to vary, and ahead there was only a new bend in the river to tantalize her.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • tantalize = make excited about something that is out of reach
  • The idea that the cryptex had been designed by Leonardo da Vinci—former Grand Master of the Priory of Sion—shone as another tantalizing indicator that this was indeed the Priory keystone.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • Crossing the massive nave on a diagonal, Langdon and Sophie remained silent as the elaborate sepulchre revealed itself in tantalizing increments... a black-marble sarcophagus... a reclining statue of Newton... two winged boys... a huge pyramid... and... an enormous orb.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • tantalizing = making someone excited about getting something
  • The news had been tantalizing, but frustrating.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • tantalizing = exciting that something might happen
  • He moves as an animal, and a fury is riding in him, a tantalized search.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Such studies are tantalizing but severely limited, for they can't explain why DeShawn didn't get the call.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The venison cooked with a tantalizing odor.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Not to know — to snatch at hints and portents, at intimations, at tantalizing whispers — it is as bad as being haunted.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • It clattered to a stop, still a few tantalizing feet away.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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