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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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  • The beauty of Italy is so proper and Church of England that you are looked upon as a dissenter if you do not rhapsodize about it.

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
  • A vision for an artist to rhapsodize over; but for a God to paint!

    The Cave of Gold Everett McNeil
  • "You must forgive me if I have seemed to rhapsodize," the young man stammered.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • I do not wish to rhapsodize; he would have been the first to object to this.

  • Poor little girl, I wish you had something more tangible than illusions to rhapsodize over.

    Medoline Selwyn's Work Mrs. J. J. Colter
  • I had a suspicion, but held my peace and let her rhapsodize.

    The Mayor's Wife Anna Katherine Green
  • 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
  • Instead of answering the question, Valentine instantly began to rhapsodize about the child's face.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
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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