To romanticize is either to put a positive spin on something that wasn’t great or to behave in a romantic way. If you’re sea sick on a cruise and spend the whole time clutching the railing but later say it was the best trip ever, you have romanticized your experience.

To romanticize can mean to act in a way that lends itself to romance, such as by buying flowers or making goo-goo eyes. A more common meaning has less to do with romance, but also involves wearing rose-colored glasses. If you romanticize war, you're making it sound like a glorious, beautiful thing. To romanticize is to interpret things that are not glamorous in a glamorous way.

Definitions of romanticize
  1. verb
    interpret romantically
    “Don't romanticize this uninteresting and hard work!”
    synonyms: glamorize, glamourise, romanticise
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    type of:
    idealise, idealize
    consider or render as ideal
  2. verb
    make romantic in style
    “The designer romanticized the little black dress”
    synonyms: romanticise
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    act in a romantic way
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    type of:
    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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