rhap·​so·​dize | \ ˈrap-sə-ˌdīz How to pronounce rhapsodize (audio) \
rhapsodized; rhapsodizing

Definition of rhapsodize

intransitive verb

: to speak or write in a rhapsodic manner rhapsodize about a new book

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Examples of rhapsodize in a Sentence

rhapsodized about the food so as not to hurt their host's feelings
Recent Examples on the Web Scientists are steadily finding out more about animal behavior and Louv theorizes, speculates and rhapsodizes that beyond the science, something mystical is taking place. Jeff Rowe, chicagotribune.com, "Author endeavors to show how animals relate to humans," 12 Nov. 2019 Between riffs on their instruments, each player rhapsodized about what they’d be eating for dinner, the piece capturing the bonhomie that exists between two Chicago musicians who nearly can be regarded as institutions in their own right. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Jazz Fest review: Cecile McLorin Salvant tops an exuberant weekend," 1 Sep. 2019 On one night, a manager rhapsodized on the benefits and palate-cleansing properties of hot versus cold tea, and then poured an elegant, floral chrysanthemum hot tea to make his point. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine rises above San Antonio’s quiet Chinese restaurant scene," 7 Nov. 2019 Kirk Gibson donned an Andy Warhol costume, Jack White showed off historical prowess, Alice Cooper talked golf — and all three rhapsodized about baseball and rock ‘n’ roll during a Halloween soiree for a serious cause. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kirk Gibson, Alice Cooper and Jack White talk baseball, rock 'n' roll at Detroit event," 31 Oct. 2019 At a motel in the middle of Tucson, Arizona, a head and neck surgeon in cowboy boots and blue jeans is sitting by the pool and rhapsodizing about fossilized skulls. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "Inside the homes (and minds) of fossil collectors," 25 Sep. 2019 Federer is the rare athlete capable of inspiring a literary wunderkind to liken the experience of watching him play to religious fervor, and a dance critic to rhapsodize about the grace of his physical presence. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "A Tale of Two Tennis G.O.A.T.s," 26 Aug. 2019 During a campaign stop at a South of Market San Francisco club a few days ago, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker rhapsodized about something rarely heard during this presidential campaign: love. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Democrats sounding less aspirational, more confrontational," 24 Aug. 2019 Asked about their rivalry with Live Nation and the same-sized Fillmore Ballroom across town, co-president Fedrizzi instead rhapsodizes about AEG's long relationships with touring stars. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "AEG's Mission Ballroom in Denver Is Open for Business, Heating Up the City's Live Scene," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rhapsodize

1787, in the meaning defined above

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27 Dec 2019

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“Rhapsodize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhapsodize. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rhapsodize

formal : to praise or describe something or someone with a lot of enthusiasm and emotion

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