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fantasynoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈfæn.tə.si/  us   /ˈfæn.tə.si/
B2 a pleasant situation that you enjoy thinking about but is unlikely to happen, or the activity of imagining things like this: Steve's favourite fantasy was to own a big house and a flashy car. sexual fantasies She retreated into a fantasy world, where she could be anything she wanted.
a story or type of literature that describes situations that are very different from real life, usually involving magic: His preferred reading was horror stories and fantasy.

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fantasynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfæn·tə·si/
a pleasant but unlikely situation that you enjoy thinking about, or the activity of thinking in this way: [C] Writing songs was just a fantasy of mine. [U] She retreated from life into a world of fantasy.
literature Fantasy is imaginative literature, often set in strange places with unusual characters and the use of magic.
fantasize
verb [I]  us   /ˈfænt·əˌsɑɪz/
He fantasized about winning the Nobel Prize.
(Definition of fantasy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fantasy”
in Korean 환상…
in Arabic خَيال…
in Malaysian fantasi…
in French (de) fantaisie…
in Russian фантазия…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幻想, 想像…
in Italian fantasia…
in Turkish fantazi, hayal ürünü şey, rüya…
in Polish fantazja…
in Spanish sueño, fantasía…
in Vietnamese hình ảnh tưởng tượng…
in Portuguese fantasia…
in Thai การจินตนาการ…
in German die Phantasie, Phantasie-…, auch Fantasy als Genre…
in Catalan somni…
in Japanese 夢想…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幻想, 想象…
in Indonesian khayalan, fantasi…
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“fantasy” in American English

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