ro·​man·​ti·​cize | \ rō-ˈman-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce romanticize (audio) , rə- \
romanticized; romanticizing

Definition of romanticize

transitive verb

: to make romantic : treat as idealized or heroic romanticize the past

intransitive verb

1 : to hold romantic ideas
2 : to present details, incidents, or people in a romantic way

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romanticization \ rō-​ˌman-​tə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce romanticization (audio) , rə-​ \ noun

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Examples of romanticize in a Sentence

He has romanticized notions of army life. a romanticized view of politics We were romanticizing about the past.
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First Known Use of romanticize

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of romanticize was in 1818

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23 Jul 2020

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“Romanticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of romanticize

: to think about or describe something as being better or more attractive or interesting than it really is : to show, describe, or think about something in a romantic way

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