[ sen-tuh-men-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tlˌaɪz /

verb (used without object), sen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.

to indulge in sentiment.

verb (used with object), sen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing.

to view (someone or something) sentimentally: He sentimentalized the relationship until all real meaning was lost.
Also especially British, sen·ti·men·tal·ise.

Origin of sentimentalize

First recorded in 1790–1800; sentimental + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM sentimentalize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sentimentalize



/ (ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəˌlaɪz) /


to make sentimental or behave sentimentally

Derived forms of sentimentalize

sentimentalization or sentimentalisation, noun
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