Definition of fantasy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfæntəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæntəsi//
    (pl. fantasies)
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  1. 1[countable] a pleasant situation that you imagine but that is unlikely to happen his childhood fantasies about becoming a famous football player
  2. 2[countable] a product of your imagination Her books are usually escapist fantasies.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of imagining things; a person’s imagination a work of fantasy Stop living in a fantasy world.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French fantasie, from Latin phantasia, from Greek ‘imagination, appearance’, later ‘phantom’, from phantazein ‘make visible’. From the 16th to the 19th cents the Latinized spelling phantasy was also used.Extra examples He was able to play out his fantasy of pop stardom. He was willing to indulge her wildest fantasies. I cherished the fantasy that I might one day have a son who would fulfil the dream. Most of what they told us was pure fantasy. My childhood fantasies were finally fulfilled. She didn’t entertain silly fantasies about love at first sight. She dismissed the idea as a wild fantasy. She felt she had entered a world of fantasy. She had a fantasy about going to live on a South Pacific island. She had woven a whole fantasy about living in a cottage by the sea. She had woven a whole fantasy about living near the coast. She was seething with anger and filled with revenge fantasies. The idea belonged in the realms of fantasy. They indulge in teenage fantasies about being the greatest rock band in the world You’re living in a fantasy world. adolescent fantasies of power, glory and recognition children that project their own identities onto fantasy figures the ultimate human fantasy: being able to fly He spoke of his childhood fantasies about becoming a famous football player. She was no longer able to distinguish between fantasy and reality. This is a work of fantasy.
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