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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But spring training is supposed to be a renewal, an exciting time to prepare for opening day and fantasize about the possibilities of the season to come. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s All-Unemployed Team," 11 Feb. 2019 Did Eminem fantasize [in songs] about killing his ex-wife Kim, numerous times, in horrifying descriptive language? Constance Grady, Vox, "Jim DeRogatis broke the R. Kelly story in 2000. Now he’s compiled a damning case against Kelly.," 5 June 2019 Long before Dolly the sheep was cloned almost 23 years ago, science fiction writers have fantasized about armies of look-alikes wiping out the rest of humanity, or clones bred solely to sustain their identical ancestors. Karen Weintraub, Discover Magazine, "Cloning's Long Legacy — And Why It'll Never Be Used on Humans," 29 Apr. 2019 Anyone who's ever fantasized about living in Hogwarts is very close to having all their dreams come true. Diana Bruk, House Beautiful, "The Creators Of A Real-Life Hogwarts Are Crowdsourcing To Buy An Actual Castle," 5 Mar. 2015 While the internet was busy fantasizing about how the 2020 Toyota Supra would look with previous-gen A80 Supra parts, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) was readying its own modded Supra for the Osaka Automesse show. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 2019 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

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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