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

Other Words from fantasize

fantasizer \ ˈfan-​tə-​ˌsī-​zər How to pronounce fantasize (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
Recent Examples on the Web One digital artist in Dubai, however, has used art and technology to let residents fantasize about a UAE with more green than the orange of sand dunes that residents are used to seeing. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Morant missed two dozen games with knee injuries but returned for the final game of the regular season, allowing for the frequent takeoffs that even those who spend much of their time in the air can only fantasize about. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The manic obsession with which various Russian officials fantasize about non-existent biological or chemical weapons or hazards in Ukraine is deeply troubling and may actually point at Russia preparing another horrific false flag operation. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Matafeo might fantasize about writing alarmingly honest notes to friends and ex-lovers in the U.K. before returning to New Zealand; Jessie composes the letters, licks the stamps, and posts them, sobbing all the while. The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2022 Most sports fans only fantasize about sitting in the front row or visiting the locker room after a game. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 8 Mar. 2022 Most people fantasize about an endless summer, but for Porteous, permafrost is preferred. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 11 Feb. 2022 All of this led one high-profile conservative columnist to publicly fantasize about Manchin joining the Republican Party, depriving Democrats of their control of the Senate and all but putting an end to President Joe Biden's legislative agenda. Joel Mathis, The Week, 9 June 2021 In races that are won and lost by a fraction of a second, athletes who fantasize about the perfect ratio between power and leanness usually find that the latter is easier to quantify and control. Nora Caplan-bricker, Outside Online, 23 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of fantasize

1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fantasize

fantasy entry 1 + -ize

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13 May 2022

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“Fantasize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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variants: or British fantasise \ ˈfant-​ə-​ˌsīz How to pronounce fantasize (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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