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Definition of sentimentalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive] sentimentalize (something) (disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sentimentalize
he / she / it sentimentalizes
past simple sentimentalized
-ing form sentimentalizing
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to present something in an emotional way, emphasizing its good aspects and not mentioning its bad aspects Jackie was careful not to sentimentalize country life.
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