Fancy

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  1. Couch Tomato

    Couch Tomato Senior Member

    Russian & Dutch
    Weena I had resolved to bring with me to our own time. And turning such schemes over in my mind I pursued our way towards the building which my fancy had chosen as our dwelling.
    (The Time Machine – H. G. Wells)

    3 idea [ countable ] old-fashioned an idea or opinion that is not based on fact : Oh, that was just a fancy of his.
    4 imagination [ uncountable ] literary imagination or something that you imagine flight of fancy at flight ( 6 )
    (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

    Is any of these definitions appropriate? I was wondering which word I could use to replace "fancy". Could I use "imagination"?

    What do you think?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    from WRF dictionary:- arising in the imagination; capricious.


    In this sense, a fancy is a whim, something that may not have a logical basis but something that, nevertheless, appeals to you.

    the building which my
    fancy had chosen as our dwelling. The building that I had chosen on a whim, as our dwelling.
     
  3. Ceremoniar Senior Member

    USA
    American English
    The first definition is the correct one. Basically, one's fancy is one's own choice, not necesarilly based on anything other than one's whim, or gut desire.
     
  4. Couch Tomato

    Couch Tomato Senior Member

    Russian & Dutch
    Thank you, PaulQ and Ceremoniar.
     

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