dra·​ma·​tize ˈdra-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce dramatize (audio) ˈdrä- How to pronounce dramatize (audio)
dramatized; dramatizing

transitive verb

: to adapt (something, such as a novel) for theatrical presentation
: to present or represent in a dramatic manner

intransitive verb

: to be suitable for dramatization
: to behave dramatically
dramatizable adjective

Examples of dramatize in a Sentence

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of dramatize was in 1783

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“Dramatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatize. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to make into a drama
: to present or represent in a dramatic manner

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