dramatize

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

Definition of dramatize

dramatized

;

dramatizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to adapt (something, such 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

dramatizable

play \-ˌtī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of dramatize in a Sentence

  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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First Known Use of dramatize

1783


DRAMATIZE Defined for English Language Learners

dramatize

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verb

Definition of dramatize for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DRAMATIZE Defined for Kids

dramatize

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

Definition of dramatize for Students

dramatized

;

dramatizing

  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.

dramatization

\ˌdra-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən, ˌdrä-\ noun

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