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  • Verb

tantalize

TAN-tl-ahyz

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Thomas found the travel brochure tantalizing; he longed for a trip to England, but realistically knew he couldn’t afford such a journey. In talking with the travel agent, he found the idea of traveling even more tantalizing or exciting. The agent told him that the airfares were at a special and tantalizing low price, but Thomas realized, with frustration, that the trip was still beyond his reach.

Quiz: When is something tantalizing?

  • When it resides in a far-off place.
  • When it is very desirable but not attainable.
  • When it is just beyond your chosen budget.

Memory Hook
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Tantalize Tan, Tall, and Gorgeous Eyes She's tan, she's tall, with gorgeous blue eyes, and does nothing but tantalize me--she's way out of my league! How I wish I were Tom Cruise!

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  • Certain smells — like chocolate chip cookies, bread, or apple pie baking — fill our minds with visions of favorite foods as they tantalize our taste buds with anticipation. —WebMD
  • Although visions of boat-eating walleyes may tantalize some anglers, Guise points out that bigger game fish may not necessarily mean better game fish. —Sports Illustrated
  • Financial advisers like to tantalize us by explaining how a tiny investment can grow into a startling sum through the exponential magic of compound interest. —Wired
  • Sure, there will always be a Google or three or four around to tantalize, but as far as a wave that lifts every ship, like the one we rode in the late'90s, get over it. —CNN

Word Ingredients
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-ize treat in a certain way

Tantalize comes from the Greek mythological character “Tantalus,” whose punishment in the Underworld did not allow him to eat or drink, despite the fact that he was standing in water and grapes hung over his head; hence, to tantalize is to “treat like Tantalus.”

Word Theater
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YouTube: Shabam School: The Fox and the Grapes The grapes are tantalizing the fox.
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