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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The 1984 film, directed by Milos Forman, dramatizes Mozart’s rivalry with Antonio Salieri and won eight Academy Awards. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Opera San Jose celebrating ‘Amadeus’ at California Theatre," 1 Aug. 2019 In brief, punctuated episodes spanning six decades, from 1955 to the present year, Mr. Rachman dramatizes Charlie’s painfully earnest efforts to gain his father’s approval, or at least hold his attention. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: Life Will Deceive You Later," 16 Mar. 2018 DeWitt beautifully dramatizes the ambivalence that Sibylla feels about her grand project. James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 This episode dramatizes the astronauts' wives, during and after the space program. Mike Hughes, Cincinnati.com, "Take one giant leap to the couch: Here's the Apollo 11 anniversary TV schedule," 17 July 2019 Throughout This Land, Mehta returns to these dividing lines, whether they’re being physically crossed or fatefully etched on a map or dramatized as a meeting point. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "The United States’ Debt to Immigrants," 25 June 2019 Ives, a poet as well as a novelist, is at her best when dramatizing Harry’s development as a poet, not Clare’s as a fiction writer. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Taking the male ego down a couple of notches," 13 June 2019 The deadly border incidents dramatize how the current wave of Central American family emigration leaves children especially vulnerable. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Death at the border: 4 from Guatemala, 3 of them children, succumb to heat in Texas," 8 July 2019 The semi-autobiographical movie dramatizes how the Boss’s 1975 masterpiece exerted life-changing impact on a U.K. teenager named Sarfraz Manzoor 12 years after its release. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "Classic Rock Is Reanimating Summer 2019's Movies," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of dramatize

1783, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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


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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