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dramatize

[dram-uh-tahyz, drah-muh-] /ˈdræm əˌtaɪz, ˈdrɑ mə-/
verb (used with object), dramatized, dramatizing.
1.
to put into a form suitable for acting on a stage.
2.
to express or represent vividly, emotionally, or strikingly:
He dramatizes his woes with sobs and sighs.
verb (used without object), dramatized, dramatizing.
3.
to express oneself in a dramatic or exaggerated way.
Also, especially British, dramatise.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Greek drāmat- (see dramatic) + -ize
Related forms
dramatizable, adjective
dramatizer, noun
overdramatize, verb, overdramatized, overdramatizing.
undramatizable, adjective
undramatized, adjective
well-dramatized, adjective
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dramatize

/ˈdræməˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to put into dramatic form
2.
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 overdramatize

dramatize

v.

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

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