- 1 [transitive] (British English, informal) to want something or want to do something synonym feel like fancy something Fancy a drink? I fancied a change of scene. She didn't fancy (= did not like) the idea of going home in the dark. fancy doing something Do you fancy going out this evening?
- 2 [transitive] fancy somebody (British English, informal) to be sexually attracted to somebody I think she fancies me. See related entries: Attractiveness, Romance, Love
- 3[transitive] fancy yourself (British English, informal, disapproving) to think that you are very popular, attractive or intelligent He started to chat to me and I could tell that he really fancied himself.
- 4[transitive] (British English) to like the idea of being something or to believe, often wrongly, that you are something fancy yourself (as) something She fancies herself (as) a serious actress. fancy yourself + adv./prep. He fancied himself in love with me, the silly boy.
- 5[intransitive, transitive] Fancy! (informal, becoming old-fashioned) used to show that you are surprised or shocked by something Fancy! She's never been in a plane before. fancy doing something Fancy meeting you here! fancy something ‘She remembered my name after all those years.’ ‘Fancy that!’
- 6[transitive] (British English) fancy somebody/something to think that somebody/something will win or be successful at something, especially in a race Which horse do you fancy in the next race? He's hoping to get the job but I don't fancy his chances.
- 7[transitive] fancy (that)… (literary) to believe or imagine something She fancied (that) she could hear footsteps. Word Origin late Middle English: contraction of fantasy.
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BrE BrE//ˈfænsi//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsi//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fancy
BrE BrE//ˈfænsi//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsi//he / she / it fancies
BrE BrE//ˈfænsiz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsiz//past simple fancied
BrE BrE//ˈfænsid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsid//past participle fancied
BrE BrE//ˈfænsid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsid//-ing form fancying
BrE BrE//ˈfænsiɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsiɪŋ//Attractiveness, Romance, Love