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 Continue to fantasize about reaching the top between study sessions. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for August 23, 2020," 23 Aug. 2020 As many people still fantasize about returning to their previous lives, some are already staring at a future where that is no longer possible. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19," 19 Aug. 2020 The Kp range is zero to nine, with zero being weak and nine being a full-on geomagnetic storm—the number aurora hunters fantasize about. Stephanie Vermillion, National Geographic, "Here’s how to see auroras—from the Great Lakes," 4 Aug. 2020 To fantasize black death is to uphold a belief in structural superiority. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Role of Fantasy in Times of Radical Unrest," 5 June 2020 On the left, some fantasize about somehow replacing Biden with New York governor Andrew Cuomo, which makes a lot of sense given Cuomo’s impressive performance of late, except for the near impossibility of orchestrating such a handoff. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "What Will Post-Pandemic GOP Politics Look Like?," 8 Apr. 2020 Plenty of people fantasize about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "5 Tips for Staying Productive and Mentally Healthy While You're Working From Home," 12 Mar. 2020 K-pop singers are conventionally referred to as idols because they were always expected to display fantasized images to their audiences, according to Stephanie Choi, a Ph. Doha Madani, NBC News, "BTS gets candid in new album by sharing highs and lows of fame," 22 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of fantasize

1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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28 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fantasize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce fantasize (audio)

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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