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fancy

verb uk   /ˈfæn.si/ us  

fancy verb (LIKE)

B1 [T] UK to want to have or do something: Do you fancy a drink this evening? [+ -ing verb] I didn't fancy swimming in that water.B2 [T] UK informal to be sexually attracted to someone: He could tell she fancied him.fancy yourself UK disapproving to think you are very attractive or important: That Dave really fancies himself, doesn't he?
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fancy verb (IMAGINE)

[I or T] UK to imagine or think that something is so: He fancies himself as a bit of a singer. [+ to infinitive] Who do you fancy to win the Cup this year? [+ (that)] literary I fancied (that) I saw something moving in the corner. old-fashioned This isn't the first time this has happened, I fancy.fancy! C2 old-fashioned an expression of surprise: Fancy seeing you here! "They have eight children." "Fancy that (= how surprising)!"

fancy

adjective uk   /ˈfæn.si/ us  

fancy adjective (DECORATIVE)

decorative or complicated: I wanted a simple black dress, nothing fancy. The decorations were a little too fancy for my tastes. fancy cakes

fancy adjective (EXPENSIVE)

informal expensive: We stayed in a fancy hotel near the Champs-Élysées. a fancy restaurant

fancy

noun uk   /ˈfæn.si/ us  

fancy noun (THING/PERSON YOU LIKE)

passing fancy something that you like very much for a short period: But for me, parachuting was no passing fancy.take a fancy to sth/sb to start liking something or someone very much: Laura's taken a fancy to Japanese food.take/tickle your fancy informal ( US strike your fancy) If something takes/tickles your fancy, you like it and want to have or do it: I looked in a lot of clothes shops but nothing really tickled my fancy. She has enough money to buy anything that strikes her fancy.

fancy noun (IMAGINATION)

[U] literary the imagination
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