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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Recent Examples on the Web At the meeting, Therrien dramatized the magnetism by showing a video of millimeter-size flakes of the substance suspended in a water droplet. W. Wayt Gibbs, Science | AAAS, "The next graphene? Shiny and magnetic, a new form of pure carbon dazzles with potential," 12 Nov. 2019 The first scene dramatizes—in graphic detail—the 1921 Tulsa race massacre during which more than 100 black residents were killed by white supremacists (thousands of others lost their homes). Adam Epstein, Quartz, "HBO’s “Watchmen” is weird and dangerous, just like it needs to be," 17 Oct. 2019 Hiddleston dramatized the part of Levin from Anna Karenina; Ashton played Kitty. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox Are Stuck in a Miserable Love Triangle That Makes Them Perfectly Happy," 1 Oct. 2019 Curls and coils were dramatized, creating the ultimate sky high updos to be seen all over the red carpets and in the streets this fall. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "7 New York Fashion Week Hair Trends To Try Right Now," 19 Sep. 2019 Joe Boncek and Detective Tracey Hill dramatized just how lucky residents are to be able to avail themselves of the vigilance and dedication of a full cadre of about 10 officers trained for duty on the Argus. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Rocky River Marine Patrol prepares for winter -- and more kayaks," 10 Sep. 2019 During a Fox News town hall with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in April, host Bret Baier sought to dramatize concerns about his Medicare for All proposal. Madeleine Joung, Time, "The 7 Most Memorable Moments From 2020 Democratic Town Halls," 7 June 2019 The movie, slated to debut in 2020, will dramatize the horrific murders of the young mother, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella by their husband and father, Christopher Watts. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Lifetime plans to release television movie about the murders of Shanann Watts and her daughters," 21 Aug. 2019 The biopic will dramatize the performer’s first trip to America in 1971, as well as the creation of his legendary glam alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "See the first glimpse of Johnny Flynn as David Bowie in ‘Stardust’," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dramatize

1783, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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How to pronounce dramatize (audio) How to pronounce dramatize (audio)

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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