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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 from the web for fantasizing
  • After a few days, you may find yourself fantasizing about catching a glimpse of blue through the murky sky line.
  • Superficial posturing and fantasizing are the name of the game during this stage.
  • There is a vast distance between positive thinking and fantasizing.
  • To alleviate her ennui, she begins fantasizing about affairs with handsome strangers.
  • These local stars are already fantasizing about million-dollar recording contracts and fancy cars.
  • Transistors are the basic units of modern electronics, so the report had electrical engineers fantasizing.
  • But the difference, of course, is in idly fantasizing about something versus actually doing it.
  • GW has been fantasizing more than ever of tossing that royal salad.
  • In her mind, she had already probably been fantasizing about their lives together.
British Dictionary definitions for fantasizing


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 fantasizing



1926, from fantasy + -ize. Related: Fantasized; fantasizing. An earlier verb was fantasticate (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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