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

intransitive verb

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

Examples of rhapsodize in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rhapsodize was in 1787

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“Rhapsodize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhapsodize. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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rhap·​so·​dize ˈrap-sə-ˌdīz How to pronounce rhapsodize (audio)
rhapsodized; rhapsodizing
: to speak or write with great praise

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