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or phan·ta·size

[ fan-tuh-sahyz ]

verb (used without object)

, fan·ta·sized, fan·ta·siz·ing.
  1. to conceive fanciful or extravagant notions, ideas, suppositions, or the like (often followed by about ):

    to fantasize about the ideal job.

verb (used with object)

, fan·ta·sized, fan·ta·siz·ing.
  1. to create in one's fancy, daydreams, or the like; imagine:

    to fantasize a trip through space.


/ ˈfæntəˌsaɪz /


  1. whentr, takes a clause as object to conceive extravagant or whimsical ideas, images, etc
  2. intr to conceive pleasant or satisfying mental images
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fantasize1

First recorded in 1925–30; fantas(y) + -ize
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Example Sentences

Instead of fantasizing about a harmony that is out of reach, we should focus on ensuring that our inevitable disagreements lead whenever possible to constructive outcomes.

From Time

None of this has stopped me from fantasizing about how the Tepotztli pieces would look displayed on my shelves or arranged on a bar cart, that pop of blue lighting up any room.

From Eater

While we can’t advise you to buy tickets just yet, there are no cancellation fees for fantasizing about feeling the sun on your face, seeing your friends and getting back out in the world.

From Ozy

San Diego Democrats have for years theorized, strategized and fantasized about a political world resembling other big cities, where Republicans are bit players.

While many fantasize that they’d love to have their lives narrated by James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman, there is no one better to embody Malcolm X’s story than Fishburne.

I fantasize about guys on TV but they usually aren't getting naked for me (unless I'm lucky).

Do people not fantasize about countless things every day that they never do?

I used to fantasize about emptying his Smirnoff bottle in the kitchen sink and filling it back up with water.

You fantasize about the day the child is returned to you, how you would make good on all of your previous failings.

I always fantasize about living in Los Angeles but I think the seasons are really important for making things.


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