- 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.
- to express oneself in a dramatic or exaggerated way.
Also especially British, dram·a·tise.
Origin of dramatize
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Examples from the Web for dramatise
He offered to dramatise a burst of tears on Lemuel's shoulder; but Lemuel escaped from him.The Minister's Charge
William Dean Howells
Mr. Harris endeavours as much as possible to dramatise his sermon.About London
J. Ewing Ritchie
These bombs did but accentuate and dramatise an already developing problem.The World Set Free
Herbert George Wells
Mr. Savile Clarke wrote on August 28th to ask his leave to dramatise the two books, and he gladly assented.The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll
Stuart Dodgson Collingwood
You are resolved that your course should dramatise the whole play and interplay of force and matter.The Kempton-Wace Letters
- (tr) to put into dramatic form
- to express or represent (something) in a dramatic or exaggerated wayhe dramatizes his illness
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Word Origin and History for dramatise
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