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 Ricks doesn’t rhapsodize the ancients, but there are plenty of people who do, often in grotesquely ignorant ways. Charles King, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2020 Postal stans rhapsodize about its sprawling history, its enduring enrichment of our daily lives. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2020 At Chanel, there is plenty to rhapsodize about from Coco Chanel’s own life of drama and decay, as well as from the near-40-year work of Karl Lagerfeld. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 10 July 2020 Here is the point in the piece in which the media critic rhapsodizes about Jimenez’s comportment as this scene unfolded. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 29 May 2020 Poets rhapsodized about the excavation of traces of the mighty empire more than 1,000 years after its fall. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rhapsodize

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 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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