Definition of romance verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    romance

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmæns//
     
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmæns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmæns//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they romance
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmæns//
     
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmæns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmæns//
     
    he / she / it romances
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmænsɪz//
     
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmænsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmænsɪz//
     
    past simple romanced
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmænst//
     
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmænst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmænst//
     
    past participle romanced
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmænst//
     
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmænst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmænst//
     
    -ing form romancing
    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmænsɪŋ//
     
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmænsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmænsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to tell stories that are not true or to describe something in a way that makes it seem more exciting or interesting than it really is
  2. 2[transitive] romance somebody to have or to try to have a romantic relationship with somebody
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Romance, originally denoting a composition in the vernacular as opposed to works in Latin. Early use denoted vernacular verse on the theme of chivalry; the sense ‘genre centred on romantic love’ dates from the mid 17th cent.
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