fantasize

verb
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

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The tsars of imperial Russia also fantasized about this land beyond the Snowy Range — the money that could be made from its gold and musk and furs. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 But Diani isn’t focusing on the start; she’s spent much of this year fantasizing about how this World Cup might end. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "France could be first country to hold men’s and women’s World Cup titles at same time," 26 June 2019 Part of you fantasizes about slipping into that gap—between the false, righteous public self and the inner chaos of shame, cowardice, bad faith—and vanishing altogether. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Notes on Cancel Culture," 1 July 2019 Prosecutors say Christensen had fantasized about killing someone for months. Washington Post, "The Latest: Jurors hear suspect say he killed scholar," 14 June 2019 Fans and record company executives who fantasized about Lennon, McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr reuniting someday seemed to be yearning for the impossible. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 There are some nifty touches, including a dream sequence in which Snowball fantasizes about being a caped crusader, which creates a comic-book sequence inside an animated film. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a well-crafted sequel," 6 June 2019 There are some nifty touches, including a dream sequence in which Snowball fantasizes about being a caped crusader, which creates a comic book sequence INSIDE an animated film. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a worthy sequel," 6 June 2019 The viewer is invited to fantasize that, if not for Dyatlov, the better men would have done the right thing and the fatal flaw in the reactor, and the system itself, might have remained latent. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 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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fantasize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fantasize

: to imagine doing things that you are very unlikely to do : to have fantasies

fantasize

verb
fan·​ta·​size
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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