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Definition of sentimentalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

sentimentalize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌsɛntəˈmɛntəˌlaɪz//
 
[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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sentimentalize