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fancy

adjective

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1 made or done with great care or with much detail
  • we're having a little get-together after the concert—nothing fancy

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2 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount
  • decided they would rather go without dinner than pay the hotel restaurant's fancy prices

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fancy

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Synonyms & Antonyms of fancy (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a conception or image created by the imagination and having no objective reality
  • a writer with a prodigious talent for creating fancies that captivate readers young and old

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2 a sudden impulsive and apparently unmotivated idea or action
  • is this a serious interest in music, or just your latest fancy that will be forgotten after a week?

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3 positive regard for something
  • now that he's rich he's taken a fancy to expensive sports cars

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4 the ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others
  • to fans of Lewis Carroll, the animal creations of his fertile fancy are as real as any creature to be found at the zoo

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fancy

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Synonyms & Antonyms of fancy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to form a mental picture of
  • try to fancy, if you can, our mother on an elephant when she was touring India

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2 to take pleasure in
  • the teacher didn't fancy the idea of failing the student, even if he was the class clown

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Verb

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

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The first known use of fancy was in the 14th century

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“Fancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fancy. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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