Definition of rhapsodize in US English:


(British rhapsodise)


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

    ‘he began to rhapsodize about Gaby's beauty and charm’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If ‘many Europeans speak two if not three languages,’ he rhapsodizes, ‘in Africa, multilingualism is even more common.’’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘If we can hit the notes, we'll sound nice because the songs are so good,’ he rhapsodizes.’
    • ‘Mario plays Dean Martin in the kitchen, dancing around and rhapsodizing about pigeons in truffle.’
    • ‘We were hanging out a few weeks ago and he'd been rhapsodizing about Charles Barkley's interviewing style.’
    • ‘In one early example of this subgenre, Ronald Reagan rhapsodized about poisoned meat.’
    • ‘Yet here I am, rhapsodizing about the joys of taking out the garbage, on a blog: all I can do is embrace the contradiction.’
    • ‘In Sound and Fury, Peter Artinian rhapsodizes about how ‘peaceful’ it is to live in a world of total silence.’
    • ‘As he described the bat, he sounded like a collector of vintage cars rhapsodizing about a rare Corvette.’
    • ‘The soloist rhapsodizes in quiet ecstasy, and the orchestra reacts torporously, but with increasing movement.’
    • ‘As Akhundov showed Reiss the run-down, architecturally eclectic mansions of a century earlier, the guide rhapsodized in beautiful phrasing.’
    • ‘He rhapsodizes sadly about the immigrants turned away by the Ellis Island gatekeepers.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Someone will probably fall for Peploe's trickery and start rhapsodizing about how inventive her interpretation is.’
    • ‘Introducing a collection of his work, Christopher Morley rhapsodised thus: ‘Saki writes so lightly that you might hardly notice how beautifully also.’’
    • ‘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.’
    rave, be enthusiastic, gush, wax lyrical, bubble over, effervesce, be effusive, go into raptures
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