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fancy

adjective [-er/-est only]  /ˈfæn·si/ us  

fancy adjective [-er/-est only] (DECORATIVE)

decorative or complicated, or (of restaurants, stores, or hotels) expensive: I wanted a simple black dress, nothing fancy. a fancy hotel

fancy

noun [U]  /ˈfæn·si/ us  
something that you like very much: What's your fancy?

fancy

verb [T]  /ˈfæn·si/ us  

fancy verb [T] (IMAGINE)

to imagine or think that something is so: When she was young she fancied herself a rebel.

fancy verb [T] (LIKE)

to like or wish for: There are two things he fancies – fast cars and thunderous music.
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