A part of him had always wanted to be an actor—"Charlton Hepburn," he fancied himself—and now he had gotten his wish.
With access to the social network, he found a 17-year-old girl he fancied, drew pictures of her, and sent them to her mother.
I joined this drama club when I was 16 because I fancied this girl who went to it.
mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word's sense of "inclination, whim, desire." Meaning "fans of an amusement or sport, collectively" is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c.