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Tease vs. Arouse

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Teaseverb

to separate the fibres of a fibrous material

Arouseverb

To stimulate feelings.

‘The new building proposals in the village are arousing unneeded discomfort.’; ‘to arouse compassion;’; ‘to arouse jealousy;’; ‘to arouse anger’;

Teaseverb

to comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction

Arouseverb

To sexually stimulate.

‘I can't keep my eyes off the dancer; she arouses me greatly.’;

Teaseverb

to back-comb

Arouseverb

(euphemism) To cause an erection of the penis or other physical signs of sexual arousal, such as fluid secretion.

‘I can't wear wool underwear: it tends to arouse me at inappropriate times.’;

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Teaseverb

(transitive) to poke fun at

Arouseverb

To wake from sleep or stupor.

‘She was snoring and nothing would arouse her.’;

Teaseverb

(transitive) to provoke or disturb; to annoy

Arouseverb

To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties.

‘Grasping his spear, forth issued to arouseHis brother, mighty sovereign on the host.’; ‘No suspicion was aroused.’;

Teaseverb

(transitive) to manipulate or influence the behavior of, especially by repeated acts of irritation

Arouseverb

call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses);

‘arouse pity’; ‘raise a smile’; ‘evoke sympathy’;

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Teaseverb

(transitive) to entice, tempt

Arouseverb

stop sleeping;

‘She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock’;

Teaseverb

to show as forthcoming, in the manner of a teaser

Arouseverb

evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic;

‘raise the specter of unemployment’; ‘he conjured wild birds in the air’; ‘stir a disturbance’; ‘call down the spirits from the mountain’;

Teasenoun

one who teases

Arouseverb

cause to be alert and energetic;

‘Coffee and tea stimulate me’; ‘This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate’;

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Teasenoun

a single act of teasing

Arouseverb

cause to become awake or conscious;

‘He was roused by the drunken men in the street’; ‘Please wake me at 6 AM.’;

Teasenoun

One who deliberately arouses others (usually men) sexually with no intention of satisfying that arousal.

Arouseverb

to begin moving,

‘As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir’;

Teaseverb

To comb or card, as wool or flax.

Arouseverb

stimulate sexually;

‘This movie usually arouses the male audience’;

Teaseverb

To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.

Teaseverb

To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.

Teaseverb

To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague.

‘He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.’; ‘Not by the force of carnal reason,But indefatigable teasing.’; ‘In disappointments, where the affections have been strongly placed, and the expectations sanguine, particularly where the agency of others is concerned, sorrow may degenerate into vexation and chagrin.’;

Teasenoun

One who teases or plagues.

Teasenoun

someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)

Teasenoun

a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

Teasenoun

the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances;

‘he ignored their teases’; ‘his ribbing was gentle but persistent’;

Teaseverb

annoy persistently;

‘The children teased the boy because of his stammer’;

Teaseverb

harass with persistent criticism or carping;

‘The children teased the new teacher’; ‘Don't ride me so hard over my failure’; ‘His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie’;

Teaseverb

to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them;

‘The advertisement is intended to tease the customers’; ‘She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior’;

Teaseverb

tear into pieces;

‘tease tissue for microscopic examinations’;

Teaseverb

raise the nap of (fabrics)

Teaseverb

disentangle and raise the fibers of;

‘tease wool’;

Teaseverb

separate the fibers of;

‘tease wool’;

Teaseverb

mock or make fun of playfully;

‘the flirting man teased the young woman’;

Teaseverb

ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect

Teaseverb

make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way

‘she was just teasing’; ‘I used to tease her about being so house-proud’;

Teaseverb

tempt (someone) sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused

‘she had thrown herself at him and teased him’;

Teaseverb

gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) into separate strands

‘she was teasing out the curls into her usual hairstyle’; ‘tease the roots apart and replant at once’;

Teaseverb

find something out from a mass of irrelevant information

‘a historian who tries to tease out the truth’;

Teaseverb

backcomb (hair) in order to make it appear fuller

‘her hair is teased into spikes’; ‘her teased bottle-blonde hair’;

Teaseverb

comb (the surface of woven cloth) to raise a nap.

Teasenoun

a person who makes fun of someone playfully or unkindly

‘some think of him as a tease who likes to keep others guessing’;

Teasenoun

a person who tempts someone sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused

‘she was a tease—she would lead a man on, then turn cold’;

Teasenoun

an act of teasing someone

‘she couldn't resist a gentle tease’;

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