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
Recent Examples on the Web Arthur, who chats with Sophie for a moment, becomes obsessed with her and fantasizes about a romantic relationship with her. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Joker” Is a Viewing Experience of Rare, Numbing Emptiness," 3 Oct. 2019 Jumping the gap South Lake Tahoe pro skier Josh Daiek pulled off a stunt that a certain sect of skiers has been fantasizing about for decades: jumping across Highway 50. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: From homelessness to a multimillion-dollar home," 10 Feb. 2020 Ever fantasize about suiting up for your team and crushing the competition? Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 7 Feb. 2020 Secretly, Mickey fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows, Movies, and Music Moments to Check Out This Thanksgiving Week," 24 Nov. 2019 Some teenage girls fantasize about growing up and starting a family. Samantha Lauriello,, "This Woman Got Her Tubes Tied in Her 20s—After Years of Fighting With Doctors," 26 Sep. 2019 After Curry fractured his hand in the fourth game of the season against Phoenix, many in the Warriors camp began openly fantasizing about the high draft pick the team was likely to add this summer. Jeff Mcdonald,, "San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr taking different approaches amid tough seasons," 30 Dec. 2019 Boulder business leaders three years ago fantasized of a gondola connecting downtown and University of Colorado, but the city has upped its seriousness in examining the idea. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, "Boulder officials, business getting serious about elevated cable transit as potential last-mile solution," 24 Dec. 2019 The Michigan appeals court has thrown out the conviction of an Upper Peninsula teenager who used social media to fantasize about killing a boy, his dog and his goldfish. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Court throws out teen’s conviction tied to Snapchat," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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27 Mar 2020

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“Fantasize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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