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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Synonyms for rhapsodize


drool, effuse, enthuse, fuss, gush, rave, slobber

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Examples of rhapsodize in a Sentence

rhapsodized about the food so as not to hurt their host's feelings

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Sam and Dinah melt down over breakfast as a jazz trio rhapsodizes jauntily about a little white house in Scarsdale. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the white picket fence, portraits of a jagged loneliness," 13 May 2018 While cycling enthusiasts rhapsodized about the safety bicycle’s benefits for riders of both sexes and all ages, doctors fretted that many of their patients would be harmed by the new machines. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The tournament’s Father’s Day finish was a sweet topping on the Sunday drama, with players rhapsodizing about the paternal bonds that cemented their love for the game. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Brooks Koepka Repeats as the U.S. Open Champion," 17 June 2018 The Hair Tales, in which black women, including celebrities and activists, rhapsodize about their tresses. Sarah Maslin Nir, Town & Country, "Strands of Truth: Hair, Self-Expression, and Identity," 23 Apr. 2018 My mom rhapsodizes all year long about the bacon, the eggs, the bread. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Yes, It Is Possible to Take a Family Trip That Feels Like a Vacation," 4 June 2018 Mandalay was rhapsodized as the nation’s cultural core. Washington Post, "Chinese influx transforming Myanmar’s quintessential city," 1 May 2018 My buddies didn't attempt to say the perfect thing, or counsel me or rhapsodize about Christopher. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "This warm-and-fuzzy pup brings to mind some other comforts, including good books," 20 Apr. 2018 The usually hostile press rhapsodized over the spectacle. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, "The Fight Women Won," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rhapsodize

1787, in the meaning defined above

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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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