Definition of rhapsodize in English:


(also rhapsodise)


  • Speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm and delight.

    ‘he began to rhapsodize about Gaby's beauty and charm’
    • ‘Someone will probably fall for Peploe's trickery and start rhapsodizing about how inventive her interpretation is.’
    • ‘Mario plays Dean Martin in the kitchen, dancing around and rhapsodizing about pigeons in truffle.’
    • ‘‘We were instant best friends,’ Kate rhapsodizes as she recounts the early stages of their relationship - the so-called ‘honeymoon period’ when love rules by day and sex by night.’
    • ‘The soloist rhapsodizes in quiet ecstasy, and the orchestra reacts torporously, but with increasing movement.’
    • ‘The young heroine, Rachel, is described as the ideal would-be mother: rhapsodizing over the neighborhood children and drawing them to her, beloved by all, and in turn loving the ‘little black and brown babies best of all’.’
    • ‘If ‘many Europeans speak two if not three languages,’ he rhapsodizes, ‘in Africa, multilingualism is even more common.’’
    • ‘Introducing a collection of his work, Christopher Morley rhapsodised thus: ‘Saki writes so lightly that you might hardly notice how beautifully also.’’
    • ‘Yet here I am, rhapsodizing about the joys of taking out the garbage, on a blog: all I can do is embrace the contradiction.’
    • ‘We were hanging out a few weeks ago and he'd been rhapsodizing about Charles Barkley's interviewing style.’
    • ‘‘If we can hit the notes, we'll sound nice because the songs are so good,’ he rhapsodizes.’
    • ‘As he described the bat, he sounded like a collector of vintage cars rhapsodizing about a rare Corvette.’
    • ‘She had only to mention his name, even just his first name, and he appeared, a show of devotion that made Carol rhapsodize about him.’
    • ‘I'm not very good at rhapsodizing about nature but, as I often do, I recalled what George Orwell wrote in the spring of 1946.’
    • ‘In Sound and Fury, Peter Artinian rhapsodizes about how ‘peaceful’ it is to live in a world of total silence.’
    • ‘In one early example of this subgenre, Ronald Reagan rhapsodized about poisoned meat.’
    • ‘As Akhundov showed Reiss the run-down, architecturally eclectic mansions of a century earlier, the guide rhapsodized in beautiful phrasing.’
    • ‘He used to suddenly get excited, for you could tell that he was excited, and rhapsodize at the slightest provocation about baseball - all he needed was the slimmest excuse, and sometimes none.’
    • ‘Some Net enthusiasts rhapsodize about the coming of McLuhan's Global Village, when in fact the fractures and fissures among religious groups are as strong as ever.’
    • ‘He rhapsodizes sadly about the immigrants turned away by the Ellis Island gatekeepers.’
    • ‘I do know, however, that lots of people, including a lot of men, came away from the movie rhapsodizing about the first reading of it.’
    rave, be enthusiastic, gush, wax lyrical, bubble over, effervesce, be effusive, go into raptures
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