verb dra·ma·tize \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
: to adapt (as a novel) for theatrical presentation
: to present or represent in a dramatic manner
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Examples of DRAMATIZE
- The movie dramatizes her early life.
- The book is dramatized in a new play.
- I know I tend to dramatize things but it really was awful.
- She cited a series of statistics to dramatize the seriousness of the problem.
- This tragedy dramatizes the need for improvements in highway safety.
First Known Use of DRAMATIZE
: to make into a play, movie, or other show <The TV show dramatized the musician's life.>
: 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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