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"fantasy" in British English

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fantasynoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈfæn.tə.si/  us   /ˈfæn.tə.si/
B2 a ​pleasantsituation that you ​enjoythinking about but is ​unlikely to ​happen, or the ​activity of ​imagining things like this: Steve's ​favourite fantasy was to own a ​bighouse and a ​flashycar. sexual fantasies She ​retreated into a fantasy world, where she could be anything she ​wanted.
a ​story or ​type of ​literature that ​describessituations that are very different from ​reallife, usually ​involvingmagic: His ​preferredreading was ​horrorstories and fantasy.

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(Definition of fantasy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fantasy" in American English

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fantasynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfæn·tə·si/
a ​pleasant but ​unlikelysituation that you ​enjoythinking 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 ​imaginativeliterature, often set in ​strangeplaces with ​unusualcharacters 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 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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