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[fan-tuh-sahyz] /ˈfæn təˌsaɪz/
verb (used without object), fantasized, fantasizing.
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), fantasized, fantasizing.
to create in one's fancy, daydreams, or the like; imagine:
to fantasize a trip through space.
Also, phantasize.
Also, especially British, fantasise.
1925-30; fantas(y) + -ize
Related forms
fantasizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples for fantasize
  • Good behavior is a limitation one puts on oneself, not the road to automatic victory people seem to fantasize it will be.
  • It makes for a great photo and many people fantasize about staying in an over water bungalow.
  • All fantasize about the deaths of those who have wronged them.
  • It can be pleasurable to fantasize such scenes in vivid detail.
  • So are half a dozen other senators who fantasize about running for president.
  • Many of us with less-than-perfect vision fantasize about waking up one morning able to see perfectly.
  • These things are not outside the natural world unless you have to use that definition to fantasize about their existence.
  • Longing for something more, the kids often fantasize about traveling to far off places and conquering evil.
  • Scholars fantasize endlessly about finding undiscovered works of literary giants.
  • Boys can fantasize about life as a pirate on a small model ship, or be a race car driver in a plastic car.
British Dictionary definitions for fantasize


when tr, takes a clause as object. to conceive extravagant or whimsical ideas, images, etc
(intransitive) to conceive pleasant or satisfying mental images
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fantasize
1926, from fantasy + -ize. Related: Fantasized; fantasizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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