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[dram-uh-tahyz, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm əˌtaɪz, ˈdrɑ mə-/
verb (used with object), dramatized, dramatizing.
to put into a form suitable for acting on a stage.
to express or represent vividly, emotionally, or strikingly:
He dramatizes his woes with sobs and sighs.
verb (used without object), dramatized, dramatizing.
to express oneself in a dramatic or exaggerated way.
Also, especially British, dramatise.
Origin of dramatize
1770-80; < Greek drāmat- (see dramatic) + -ize
Related forms
dramatizable, adjective
dramatizer, noun
overdramatize, verb, overdramatized, overdramatizing.
undramatizable, adjective
undramatized, adjective
well-dramatized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dramatize
  • The point is to dramatize the struggle of weak against strong, which is also the struggle of poor against rich.
  • In other words, don't embellish or dramatize your story to make it more interesting.
  • But his books also dramatize the perception that resistance to domination can develop into its own regime of domination.
  • As if to dramatize their point, police detained a group of foreign reporters covering the event.
  • It has become more difficult to concentrate on a fundamental problem or to dramatize it.
  • Use gestures to support, accentuate, and dramatize verbal message.
  • Use facial expressions to support and dramatize verbal message.
  • Explains that use of films helps to dramatize and frame issues, generate discussion, and provide links with personal experience.
  • Some consumers complain that the news has been staged or that news reports overemphasize or dramatize certain aspects of events.
  • Presents a curriculum program designed to dramatize the trial experience.
British Dictionary definitions for dramatize


(transitive) to put into dramatic form
to express or represent (something) in a dramatic or exaggerated way: he dramatizes his illness
Derived Forms
dramatizable, dramatisable, adjective
dramatizer, dramatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for dramatize

1780s, "to adopt for the stage," see drama (Greek stem dramat-) + -ize. Meaning "to act out" is from 1823. Related: Dramatized; dramatizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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