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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to hold romantic ideas
: to present details, incidents, or people in a romantic way
romanticization noun

Example Sentences

He has romanticized notions of army life. a romanticized view of politics We were romanticizing about the past.
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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of romanticize was in 1818

Dictionary Entries Near romanticize

Cite this Entry

“Romanticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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ro·​man·​ti·​cize rō-ˈmant-ə-ˌsīz How to pronounce romanticize (audio)
romanticized; romanticizing
: to make romantic : show in a romantic way
: to have romantic ideas
romanticization noun
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