Meaning of “fantasy” in the English Dictionary

"fantasy" in English

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

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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)

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fantasy

Clearly, all this is but fantasy.
She has difficulty distinguishing between cause and effect, is gullible, has a great deal of fantasy and cannot count to 12.
The depletion of fish stocks is not a fantasy or an exaggeration by ecologists, by those seeking to protect marine life or by pessimistic scientists.
Lastly, fantasy names are fine as far as we are concerned, and there should not be a requirement to consult a doctor.
Are we, then, to allow the car industry to live in a fantasy world where they can continue to produce cars that no one wants?
We are opposing the rest of the amendments as they either add nothing to the report or basically take us off into flights of fantasy.
Totally banning the nuclear market at this time is a fantasy for the rich and a theoretical pipe dream about man's future!
She referred to it as 'a fantasy' .
Is it just fantasy?
There is a huge gulf between fantasy and reality in this system, and everyone should face that fact before the next step is taken.