[ ih-moh-shuh-nl-ahyz ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), e·mo·tion·al·ized, e·mo·tion·al·iz·ing.

to make emotional; treat as a matter of emotion.
Also especially British, e·mo·tion·al·ise.

Origin of emotionalize

First recorded in 1875–80; emotional + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM emotionalize

de-e·mo·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·-e·mo·tion·al·ized, de·-e·mo·tion·al·iz·ing.o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ized, o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for emotionalize

  • It would be cruelly unfair, she recognized that, to emotionalize over them—force them.

    The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
  • She can feel as well as think and so can emotionalize the printed page.

    The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
  • It is a good idea of Santayana that "the function of poetry is to emotionalize philosophy."

    The Last Harvest|John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for emotionalize



/ (ɪˈməʊʃənəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to make emotional; subject to emotional treatment

Derived forms of emotionalize

emotionalization or emotionalisation, noun
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