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 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 There is no need to fantasize about extraordinary adventures. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 The eternal Bears optimist heard that declaration and no doubt felt free to continue dreaming the biggest dreams and fantasize about Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson soon taking over a stall in the Halas Hall locker room. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy face a pivotal 2 months to reboot the Chicago Bears. And they must put critical thinking ahead of wishful thinking.," 3 Mar. 2021 Along with more vivid dreams at night, your mind will also call you to daydream and fantasize during the day (and maybe window-shop for a new life), especially during the first week of the transit, Montúfar says. Elizabeth Gulino,, "When Mercury Is In Pisces, Be Prepared For Vivid Dreams," 12 Mar. 2021 Private schools fantasize about attracting the Spence set., "Wall Street A-listers fled to Florida. Many are eyeing a return," 12 Mar. 2021 While some people might fantasize about investing third-round stimulus checks into the stock market or Bitcoin to transform that $1,400 into much more, the majority of Americans have more immediate concerns in mind. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin? Food? Debt? How most Americans actually plan to spend their stimulus checks," 12 Mar. 2021 The Seaport is a charming area to simply walk along the water and fantasize about living in the high-rises overlooking the harbor. Travel + Leisure, "Boston Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 The two leading ladies sleep in matching twin beds, fantasize about Mr. Peanut and get really excited about Christmas way too early in the year. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Splendidly Silly SNL-Style Comedy," 24 Feb. 2021 This is not the mid–twentieth-century high-wage, high-benefit industrial working-class ideal that politicians often fantasize about bringing back. Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, "Can There Ever Be a Working-Class Republican Party?," 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fantasize

1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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19 Apr 2021

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“Fantasize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 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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