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 issue was dramatized when the WNBA’s reigning MVP, Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, tore her Achilles tendon during April’s EuroLeague championship game. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "WNBA players risk injury overseas, but they'll keep playing in those leagues," 7 June 2019 This isn't the first time the family has been accused of dramatizing events in their lives. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "What Amy Roloff Says About Rumors That 'Little People, Big World' Is Fake," 8 May 2019 Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong Photo: Universal Studios The program’s cost wasn’t only fiscal; the price paid by the astronauts’ families is dramatized vividly. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘First Man’ Review: Sticking an Epic Landing," 11 Oct. 2018 And as wild and dramatized as that sounds, that's exactly what happened. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Did Ted Bundy Propose In the Courtroom In Real Life?," 10 May 2019 Miller’s plays dramatize the kinds of conflicts that tear families and societies apart. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, your colleague has been known to exaggerate and dramatize situations, especially about people in managerial positions. Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 2018 The problem has been ongoing for more than two centuries, but perhaps no pair of figures in American history have dramatized the contradiction quite as blatantly as Ryan and Donald Trump. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan Unaware Constitution Lets Congress Override Presidential Veto," 12 July 2018 Although The Act dramatizes her story, Gypsy won't benefit fiscally from the show—at least, that's according to Gypsy's stepmom Kristy Blanchard. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Did Gypsy Rose Blanchard Make Money From 'The Act'?," 4 Apr. 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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