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dramatize

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verb dra·ma·tize \ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz, ˈdrä-\

Simple Definition of dramatize

  • : 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

dra·ma·tizeddra·ma·tiz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to adapt (as a novel) for theatrical presentation

  3. 2 :  to present or represent in a dramatic manner

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to be suitable for dramatization

  6. 2 :  to behave dramatically

dra·ma·tiz·able play \-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.



1783

First Known Use of dramatize

1783


DRAMATIZE Defined for Kids

dramatize

play
verb dra·ma·tize \ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz, ˈdrä-\

Definition of dramatize

dram·a·tizeddram·a·tiz·ing

  1. 1 :  to make into a play, movie, or other show <The TV show dramatized the musician's life.>

  2. 2 :  to present in a way that attracts attention <The accident dramatized the need for greater safety measures.>

dra·ma·ti·za·tion \ˌdra-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən, ˌdrä-\ noun



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