fan·​ta·​size | \ ˈfan-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce fantasize (audio) \
fantasized; fantasizing

Definition of fantasize

intransitive verb

: to indulge in reverie : to create or develop imaginative and often fantastic views or ideas doing things I'd fantasized about in my sheltered childhood— Diane Arbus

transitive verb

: to portray in the mind : fancy likes to fantasize herself as very wealthy

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Other Words from fantasize

fantasizer \ ˈfan-​tə-​ˌsī-​zər How to pronounce fantasizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of fantasize in a Sentence

She fantasized that she had won a million dollars. all those lottery players fantasizing themselves as living in extravagant luxury

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Sigmund Freud Some homeowners fantasize about putting in a chef’s kitchen or a spa bathroom. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Doctor Is in (the House)," 31 Jan. 2019 Supposedly, young girls sit around braiding each other’s hair, fantasizing about their wedding day. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Is There a “Right” Way to Lose Your Virginity?," 19 Oct. 2018 When the weather outside is frightful, fantasizing about leaving is so delightful. Editors, USA TODAY, "Snow day survival guide: 10 things that can get you through this day," 21 Mar. 2018 The plot follows Lara Jean Covey, a high schooler who’s prone to fantasizing about great romances. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "7 Things to Love About 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'," 17 Aug. 2018 Last but not least is French model/actress Laetitia Casta who fantasizes about becoming a world renowned painter. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Talks Success and Loneliness for the 2019 Pirelli Calendar," 26 July 2018 Like many urban couples, Eric and Holly Montgomery fantasized about leaving Los Angeles's hard-charging life behind for the serenity and space of the country. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Root of the Matter," 8 May 2012 As the camera peers into Lord’s invisible pores, his friend futzes with art supplies and confesses faintly shocking non sequiturs, like his youthful habit of falling asleep by fantasizing about raping and killing women. Jeannette Catsoulis, kansascity, "‘Final Portrait’ draws a fuzzy picture of an artist | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 It’s more a collision of trauma and neurosis between the visitor and her hosts, who are also intent on exploiting her for their film (Trevor fantasizes sending it to Sundance). Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of fantasize

1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of fantasize was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of fantasize

: to imagine doing things that you are very unlikely to do : to have fantasies


variants: or British fantasise \ ˈfant-​ə-​ˌsīz How to pronounce fantasise (audio) \
fantasized or British fantasised; fantasizing or British fantasising

Medical Definition of fantasize

intransitive verb

: to indulge in fantasy : create or develop imaginative and often fantastic views or ideas fantasizes about running away from home

transitive verb

: to portray in the mind by fantasy likes to fantasize herself as very famous

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something valued as if it were money

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