fantasize

play
verb fan·ta·size \ˈfan-tə-ˌsīz\

Definition of fantasize

fantasized

;

fantasizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to portray in the mind :  fancy likes to fantasize herself as very wealthy

fantasizer

play \ˈfan-tə-ˌsī-zər\ noun

Examples of fantasize in a Sentence

  1. She fantasized that she had won a million dollars.

  2. all those lottery players fantasizing themselves as living in extravagant luxury

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First Known Use of fantasize

1926


FANTASIZE Defined for English Language Learners

fantasize

play
verb

Definition of fantasize for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

fantasize

verb fan·ta·size
variants: or British

fantasise

\ˈfant-ə-ˌsīz\play

Medical Definition of fantasize

fantasized

or British

fantasised

;

fantasizing

or British

fantasising

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to indulge in fantasy :  create or develop imaginative and often fantastic views or ideas fantasizes about running away from home

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to portray in the mind by fantasy likes to fantasize herself as very famous



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