dramatize

verb
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

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Other Words from dramatize

dramatizable \ ˈdra-​mə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce dramatizable (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.
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Arguably, these acts of piggish idiocy marginally hurt Republican candidates all over the country by dramatizing their party’s extremist stance on reproductive rights. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "GOP Primary Competition to See Who Most Fanatically Supports Trump Could Backfire in November," 9 Apr. 2018 The two had a toxic and ultimately fatal mother-daughter dynamic, which is dramatized in The Act. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "What Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Stepmom Says Hulu's "The Act" Got Wrong," 4 Apr. 2019 Without the need to fit the sprawling plot into a cinema-appropriate running time, this miniseries also did a pretty good job of dramatizing Herbert's story, with a cast that included William Hurt, Saskia Reeves, and P.H. Moriarty. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Denis Villeneuve is remaking Dune, and that’s a good thing," 26 July 2018 This world premiere adaptation by Jessica Wright Buha dramatizes the whole tragic story, all through dialogue and in less than three hours. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "16 Chicago shows to see now," 13 Apr. 2018 Passion plays, which dramatize the final days of Jesus’s life, also started in the Middle Ages. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Good Friday and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 22 Feb. 2019 So ultimately the decision is with Congress, but this idea that somehow because the media dramatizes a hard-left story, that the idea that somehow the Republicans have to run for cover, this is just in a sense political theater. Fox News, "Ingraham: When the inmates run the immigration asylum," 26 July 2018 When dramatizing an actor’s role in a Western, or less frequently in a historical battle-scene, the potential violence was watered-down. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Guns," 23 Mar. 2018 This pragmatic European turn is dramatized by the conversion of the influential French statesman Jean Monnet. Timothy Naftali, New York Times, "Why American Pragmatists Saved Postwar Europe," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dramatize

1783, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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dramatize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dramatize

: 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

verb
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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