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dramatize

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

dra·ma·tizeddra·ma·tiz·ing

Full Definition of DRAMATIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to adapt (as a novel) for theatrical presentation
2
:  to present or represent in a dramatic manner
intransitive verb
1
:  to be suitable for dramatization
2
:  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.

First Known Use of DRAMATIZE

1783
DRAMATIZED Defined for Kids

dramatize

verb dra·ma·tize \ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz, ˈdrä-\
dram·a·tizeddram·a·tiz·ing

Definition of DRAMATIZE for Kids

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