intransitive verbsentimentalized, sentimentalizing
to be sentimental; think or behave in a sentimental way
to regard or treat in a sentimental way: to sentimentalize war
verbsen·ti·men·tal·ized, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·ing, sen·ti·men·tal·iz·es
To imbue or regard with sentiment; be sentimental about.
To behave in a sentimental manner.
(third-person singular simple present sentimentalizes, present participle sentimentalizing, simple past and past participle sentimentalized)
- To give a sentimental feel to.
- Let us not sentimentalize things just because they are old. Getting all dewy-eyed about it because it was started in the 17th century doesn't make sense when we're talking about the town dump.
- (intransitive) To think or act in a sentimental manner, or like a sentimentalist; to affect exquisite sensibility.