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 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 Eisner, for one, couldn’t rhapsodize enough on either project. Angela Serratore, Curbed, "The magical (postmodern) world of Disney," 17 July 2019 When both matches were done, fans could be heard rhapsodizing about the awe-inspiring sweetness of the Federer and Barty serve and forehand, the glory shots that draw all the attention. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "No Matter How You Slice It, a Stealthy Backhand Still Works," 1 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of rhapsodize

1787, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2019

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The first known use of rhapsodize was in 1787

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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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