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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The movie appears to dramatize such key moments as Archie’s birth, the couple’s decision to leave England, and the Oprah interview. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 23 June 2021 But as the song’s cruel ironies dramatize, God’s ways are as inscrutable as His purposes. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 19 June 2021 Regardless, Team Dave seems determined to dramatize things about the human anatomy that have never previously been depicted on television — and to their credit, use it for character work as much as shock value. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 To dramatize such binding ideals, for almost two and a half hours, and to conjure precipitous revels from next to nothing, as Miranda and Chu have done, is no small feat. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 11 June 2021 New York Mayor Bill De Blassio, center, and other leaders kneel for 9 minutes and 29 seconds in memory of George Floyd to dramatize the need for The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 bill to pass in the Senate. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 Romeo and Juliet has always been a play in which Shakespeare tries to dramatize love. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 24 Apr. 2021 While Brown’s death is the fulcrum of the play, Orlandersmith aims also to dramatize lived experience, the web of daily interactions in Ferguson that preceded and followed his killing. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 However, no Cold War headliners dramatize her narrative. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of dramatize

1783, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Dramatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatize. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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