beleaguer vs tease what difference

what is difference between beleaguer and tease

English

Alternative forms

  • beleagure

Etymology

Borrowed from Dutch belegeren and/or Middle Low German belēgeren; equivalent to be- +‎ lair. Compare also German belagern. The English spelling was perhaps influenced by unrelated league.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɪˈliː.ɡə/, /bəˈliː.ɡə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈli.ɡɚ/
  • Rhymes: -iːɡə(ɹ)

Verb

beleaguer (third-person singular simple present beleaguers, present participle beleaguering, simple past and past participle beleaguered)

  1. To besiege; to surround with troops.
  2. To vex, harass, or beset.
  3. To exhaust.

Derived terms

  • beleaguerment

Translations

Anagrams

  • beleagure


English

Alternative forms

  • teaze (dated)

Etymology

From Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan (to tease), from Proto-West Germanic *taisijan (to separate, tug, shred).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tēz, IPA(key): /tiːz/
  • Homophones: teas, tees
  • Rhymes: -iːz

Verb

tease (third-person singular simple present teases, present participle teasing, simple past and past participle teased)

  1. To separate the fibres of a fibrous material.
  2. To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction.
  3. To back-comb.
  4. (transitive) To poke fun at, either cruelly or affectionately.
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  5. (transitive) To provoke or disturb; to annoy.
    • 1684, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
      Not by the force of carnal reason, / But indefatigable teasing.
    • “My tastes,” he said, still smiling, “incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet.” And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: “I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I’d rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don’t like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; [].”
  6. (transitive) To manipulate or influence the behavior of, especially by repeated acts of irritation.
  7. (transitive) To entice, tempt.
  8. (transitive, informal) To show as forthcoming, in the manner of a teaser.

Usage notes

  • Tease, in the sense of “make fun of,” can refer to cruel statements but also affectionate or harmless ones, which may be taken in good humour by the recipient. By contrast, taunt only refers to cruel statements, as does mock unless qualified (e.g. gently mock).

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

tease (plural teases)

  1. One who teases.
  2. A single act of teasing.
  3. One who deliberately arouses others (usually men) sexually with no intention of satisfying that arousal.
    Synonyms: cock tease, cocktease, cockteaser, prickteaser

Translations

Anagrams

  • Seeta, setae, setæ

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