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[rap-suh-dahyz] /ˈræp səˌdaɪz/
verb (used without object), rhapsodized, rhapsodizing.
to talk with extravagant enthusiasm.
to speak or write rhapsodies.
verb (used with object), rhapsodized, rhapsodizing.
to recite as a rhapsody.
Also, especially British, rhapsodise.
Origin of rhapsodize
First recorded in 1600-10; rhapsod(y) + -ize Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A vision for an artist to rhapsodize over; but for a God to paint!

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil
  • I do not wish to rhapsodize; he would have been the first to object to this.

  • I had a suspicion, but held my peace and let her rhapsodize.

    The Mayor's Wife Anna Katherine Green
  • "You must forgive me if I have seemed to rhapsodize," the young man stammered.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • Instead of answering the question, Valentine instantly began to rhapsodize about the child's face.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • We exhibit it to strangers as we show them the Natural Bridge and Monticello, and expect them to rhapsodize.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • A beautiful woman choosing to rhapsodize has her way, and is not subjected to the critical commentary within us.

  • I hate these folks who rhapsodize sentimentally over children as 'potential little men.'

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Madge's hand lay like a span of snow upon my arm, and—but this time I will restrain my tendency to rhapsodize.

British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodize


to speak or write (something) with extravagant enthusiasm
(intransitive) to recite or write rhapsodies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodize

c.1600, "to piece together;" 1806, "to talk rhapsodically;" see rhapsody + -ize. Related: Rhapsodized; rhapsodizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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