Definition of fantasize in English:


(British fantasise)


[no object]
  • 1Indulge in daydreaming about something desired.

    ‘he sometimes fantasized about emigrating’
    • ‘I couldn't keep myself from tensing at seeing her beautiful face, the face in my dreams and that I fantasized about holding and kissing.’
    • ‘ONCE YOU'VE SPENT the time, money, and emotional energy to get yourself to that place you've fantasized about for decades, there's no sense in not having a good look around.’
    • ‘Some children told lies as they fantasized about what they had, living aloud their day-dreams.’
    • ‘The man she had dreamed about and fantasized about was now proposing the very thing she had wished for.’
    • ‘You are smart and funny and I had fantasized about having you as a friend.’
    • ‘Sure, even I have fantasized about straight hair instead of my frizzy wavy hair.’
    • ‘Ah yes, I had fantasized about quitting the Warehouse, but I never dreamt it would be this sweet when it finally happened.’
    • ‘I grew up believing that my husband would take care of me financially, and so fantasized about being at home and having supper ready for him.’
    • ‘Truth be told, I've long fantasized about being stranded on such an island, about how I'd build shelter, how I'd find food, what I'd do to keep myself from going insane.’
    • ‘I always fantasized about going on an exotic sea cruise to Puerto Rico or San Tropez or the Greek Islands.’
    • ‘I fantasized about wearing cool clothes and carrying neat gadgets and weapons.’
    • ‘She was a beautiful woman, and I know many Irish men who fantasized about her.’
    • ‘Who, as a child, hasn't fantasized about being orphaned and left to fend for herself?’
    daydream, dream, muse, indulge in fantasy, indulge in fancy, make-believe, play-act, pretend, imagine, give free rein to one's imagination, build castles in the air, build castles in spain, live in a dream world, indulge in wool-gathering
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    1. 1.1with object Imagine (something that one wants to happen)
      ‘one might fantasize the death of someone seen as a threat’
      • ‘You could dress it in superhero costumes, fantasize scenarios in which it pulls off epic feats, and use it to help you escape the imaginary constraints that have been inhibiting you lately.’
      • ‘But McVay's bullying haunts him, and he fantasizes revenge.’
      • ‘Here the imagination could be set free to revel in the delights of the kingdom of God, to fantasize the total fulfillment that would justify one's earthly pains.’
      • ‘Frankly, I can't see a young person fantasizing an old man into a young one so I don't think they would find me their meat.’
      • ‘The great Denis Diderot, moralist and creator of the Encyclopédie, the bible of the French Enlightenment, went so far as to compose a remarkable piece of prose in which he fantasised a conversation with the girl.’
      • ‘Those of us who lack their spirit of adventure satisfy ourselves with the mediated version, and fantasise the rest.’
      • ‘I was still fantasizing the filthy rich life, picturing marble floors, silk dresses, large bedrooms, and big fluffy beds that made you feel like you were floating when you slept on them.’
      • ‘The unloved Pity fantasizes this youth as her ‘fiancé,’ but Leda reveals the grim reality behind the image.’
      • ‘Two lonely people fantasized a burial in wood from oak trees planted by their own hands.’
      • ‘Wilde fantasised the narrative of his own downfall as a kind of shadow narrative to his comedies all of which dissect the downfall narrowly averted.’
      • ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray fantasizes a world where middle-aged hedonists can be forever boys, equated in a timeless plane composed half out of lust, half out of the wish-fulfilling visions of the fairy story.’
      • ‘Some of this was routinised homage to the wounded global behemoth, or fantasised identification with a life not being led by oneself, but some of it was not.’
      • ‘I also liked Wedding Espresso which was about a woman fantasising her wedding plans and very slickly animated.’
      • ‘We were caught up in the idea that love is supposed to be a certain thing and we were trying to fantasise our way into that, as opposed to acknowledging what we really needed and who we really were.’
      • ‘In the imagined aftermath of the failed murder attempt, Diane fantasises Rita's dependence on her as an expression of her own yearning for sexual power over Camilla and desire to be the continued source of her pleasure and satisfaction.’
      • ‘Television audiences, the objects of manufactured light, are thus caught in a double time, fantasizing their own participation in events already delayed.’
      • ‘Children in families in which speechlessness dominates and few facts have been disclosed may fantasize details to imagine the parental trauma.’
      • ‘But this hasn't stopped leftists from fantasizing conspiracy theories in which the murderous Communists are transformed into the innocent victims of the conspiracy.’
      • ‘As the global flow of people speeds up, and our cities and countries become more diverse, there is no shortage of material out of which to fantasise the enemies of our nightmares.’
      • ‘But the last lines of the poem reveal that the prince has been fantasizing the whole episode; that he has been meditating, on the brink of an important political decision, what he would say if his plans failed and he were forced into exile.’
      visualize, envisage, envision, picture, form a picture of, see in the mind's eye, conjure up, conceptualize
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