fan·​ta·​size | \ˈfan-tə-ˌsīz \
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 \ 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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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 Gilberto's 'fantasies' and involvement in these chat rooms puts Josephine at risk and given his affinity to fantasize about women close to him, there is a risk that Josephine may someday become a victim. Greg Norman, Fox News, "'Cannibal Cop', who ex-wife fears is 'risk' to daughter, drops custody battle," 14 May 2018 An ad campaign for the games suggested men were abandoning strip clubs to play the game and fantasize about Lara. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Evolution of Lara Croft From Video Game Vixen to Empowered Movie Heroine," 19 Mar. 2018 In the comics, Wonder Woman/Diana is frequently pining over Steve, fantasizing about their life together. Rebecca Farley,, "Steve Trevor Is Alive In New Wonder Woman Photos," 13 June 2018 For a few fleeting innings, the Orioles could fantasize about pulling off a doubleheader sweep Monday against the New York Yankees. Peter Schmuck,, "Yankees strike back, salvage doubleheader split with 10-2 rout of Orioles," 10 July 2018 Image Many people fantasize about a valuable piece of history emerging unexpectedly out of a trunk. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Jacqueline Kennedy’s Notes for Dallas Are Found, Starting a Quiet Tug of War," 2 July 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 \
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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