verb \ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz, ˈdrä-\

: to make (a book, an event, etc.) into a play, movie, television show, etc.

: to make a situation seem more important or serious than it really is

: to show (something that might not be noticed) in a clear and effective way


Full Definition of DRAMATIZE

transitive verb
:  to adapt (as a novel) for theatrical presentation
:  to present or represent in a dramatic manner
intransitive verb
:  to be suitable for dramatization
:  to behave dramatically
dra·ma·tiz·able \-ˌtī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DRAMATIZE

  1. The movie dramatizes her early life.
  2. The book is dramatized in a new play.
  3. I know I tend to dramatize things but it really was awful.
  4. She cited a series of statistics to dramatize the seriousness of the problem.
  5. This tragedy dramatizes the need for improvements in highway safety.

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