theatricalize

verb
the·​at·​ri·​cal·​ize | \ thē-ˈa-tri-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce theatricalize (audio) \
theatricalized; theatricalizing

Definition of theatricalize

transitive verb

1 : to adapt to the theater : dramatize
2 : to display in showy fashion

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from theatricalize

theatricalization \ thē-​ˌa-​tri-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce theatricalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of theatricalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The actors often over-theatricalize their exchanges, leaving little room to register the interior blips and bumps occurring between words. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "In 'Belleville,' two Americans in Paris head into Hitchcock territory," 24 Apr. 2018 Their feverish exertions, gasps and yelps theatricalize a common plight. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "The Actors' Gang's story of America: The tired, the poor, the huddled masses who bind us all," 19 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'theatricalize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of theatricalize

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about theatricalize

Statistics for theatricalize

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for theatricalize

The first known use of theatricalize was in 1778

See more words from the same year

Comments on theatricalize

What made you want to look up theatricalize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

involving a confidence or trust

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!