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

Definition of dramatize

transitive verb

1 : to adapt (something, such 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

Other Words from dramatize

dramatizable \ ˈdra-​mə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce dramatize (audio) , ˈdrä-​ \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Palm Beach Agent Orange Association conducted a symbolic balloon release to dramatize the impact of soldiers’ exposure to the deadly chemical used by the U.S. military to defoliate areas of Vietnam. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 30 May 2022 The architects unified the existing structure’s rooflines and materiality, added new dormers and a tie-rod truss to dramatize a double-height living room, and conceived a new glass-and-steel sunroom. Laura Raskin, ELLE Decor, 10 Aug. 2022 The battle for Mariupol came to dramatize the violence and intensity of the Ukrainian conflict. Anchorage Daily News, 23 May 2022 Mann and Gardiner dramatize these characters’ pasts not through lengthy exposition but through — what else? — a series of spectacular, suspenseful set pieces. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Specifically, the spin-off will dramatize the events leading up to and during the Dance of the Dragons, which was the name the poets of Westeros gave to one of the bloodiest conflicts in the history of the country. Nick Romano, EW.com, 17 June 2022 Izquierdo cautions those with round or square face shapes to go a bit longer, as shorter wolf cuts might overly dramatize the jawline. Parizaad Khan Sethi, Allure, 30 June 2022 The battle for Mariupol came to dramatize the violence and intensity of the Ukrainian conflict. Anchorage Daily News, 23 May 2022 Many books, including ones by James himself, dramatize the dangers of knowledge. Anthony Domestico, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dramatize

1783, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Kids Definition of dramatize

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.

Other Words from dramatize

dramatization \ ˌdra-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən , ˌdrä-​ \ noun

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