verb (used without object), rhap·so·dized, rhap·so·diz·ing.

to talk with extravagant enthusiasm.
to speak or write rhapsodies.

verb (used with object), rhap·so·dized, rhap·so·diz·ing.

to recite as a rhapsody.

Also especially British, rhap·so·dise.

Origin of rhapsodize

First recorded in 1600–10; rhapsod(y) + -ize
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Contemporary Examples of rhapsodize

Historical Examples of rhapsodize

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodize




to speak or write (something) with extravagant enthusiasm
(intr) to recite or write rhapsodies
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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.

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