romanticize

[ roh-man-tuh-sahyz ]
/ roʊˈmæn təˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), ro·man·ti·cized, ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.

to make romantic; invest with a romantic character: Many people romanticize the role of an editor.

verb (used without object), ro·man·ti·cized, ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.

to hold romantic notions, ideas, etc.

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Also especially British, ro·man·ti·cise.

Origin of romanticize

First recorded in 1810–20; romantic + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM romanticize

ro·man·ti·ci·za·tion, nouno·ver·ro·man·ti·cize, verb, o·ver·ro·man·ti·cized, o·ver·ro·man·ti·ciz·ing.un·ro·man·ti·cized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for over-romanticize

romanticize

romanticise

/ (rəʊˈmæntɪˌsaɪz) /

verb

(intr) to think or act in a romantic way
(tr) to interpret according to romantic precepts
to make or become romantic, as in style

Derived forms of romanticize

romanticization or romanticisation, noun
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