tease / tēz/ • v. [tr.] 1. make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way: Brenda teased her father about the powerboat that he bought but seldom used | [intr.] she was just teasing | [with direct speech] “Think you're clever, don't you?” she teased. ∎ tempt (someone) sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused. 2. [tr.] gently pull or comb (something tangled, esp. wool or hair) into separate strands: she was teasing out the curls into her usual hairstyle. ∎ (tease something out) fig. find something out from a mass of irrelevant information: a historian who tries to tease out the truth. ∎ comb (hair) in the reverse direction of its natural growth in order to make it appear fuller. ∎ archaic comb (the surface of woven cloth) to raise a nap. • n. inf. a person who makes fun of someone playfully or unkindly. ∎ a person who tempts someone sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused. ∎ [in sing.] an act of making fun of or tempting someone: she couldn't resist a gentle tease. DERIVATIVES: teas·ing·ly adv.
"tease." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (March 24, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tease-0
"tease." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved March 24, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/tease-0
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.