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 His size, speed and catch radius are the things offensive coordinators and wide receivers coaches fantasize about for the outside position., "For first time in his career, Juwan Johnson at slot in Oregon skyscrapers receiving package," 15 Aug. 2019 As months of departure negotiations dragged into years, devoted Anglophiles in Europe fantasized about a second referendum in which all was reconsidered, then forgiven. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Europeans once hoped the British would reverse Brexit. Now, many can’t wait for them to leave.," 10 Sep. 2019 Most athletically-inclined Baton Rouge boys grow up fantasizing about putting on an LSU helmet and running out into the city’s thunderous Tiger Stadium. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "LSU was never the dream destination for Texas DE Malcolm Roach," 5 Sep. 2019 Pearce remembers tossing the keys back to the man, exchanging a couple choice words and later fantasizing about driving off in his fancy car. Bianca Sanchez,, "Algren Award winner Barry Pearce inspired by growing up on South Side," 24 July 2019 For most of the season, Bonnie is alone, sitting by her mother’s hospital bedside, fantasizing about smothering her mother with a pillow, asking for forgiveness. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Disappointing, Emmy-Baiting Finale of “Big Little Lies” Season 2," 22 July 2019 But that didn’t stop the ARMY from fantasizing about what looks the guys would have pulled out — even in advance. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS, Rihanna, and Ashley Tisdale Didn't Attend Met Gala 2019 — But They Did Get Photoshopped Onto the Pink Carpet," 7 May 2019 First, what about fantasizing about your boyfriend? Vanessa Marin, Allure, "I'm Straight, But I Fantasize About Sex With Women When I'm With My Boyfriend," 14 Mar. 2019 Her current relationship with Andrew DeLuca, however, has everyone up in arms: Some love it, some hate it, but most are still fantasizing about McDreamy. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey’s Anatomy' Fans Can’t Stop Sparring Over Meredith and DeLuca's Relationship," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fantasize

1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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10 Oct 2019

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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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