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romanticize

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verb, ro·man·ti·cize \-ˈman-tə-ˌsīz\

Simple Definition of romanticize

  • : to think about or describe something as being better or more attractive or interesting than it really is : to show, describe, or think about something in a romantic way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of romanticize

romanticizedromanticizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make romantic :  treat as idealized or heroic <romanticize the past>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to hold romantic ideas

  5. 2 :  to present details, incidents, or people in a romantic way

romanticization play \-ˌman-tə-sə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of romanticize in a sentence

  1. He has romanticized notions of army life.

  2. a romanticized view of politics

  3. We were romanticizing about the past.



1818

First Known Use of romanticize

1818

Rhymes with romanticize

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