- 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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Drutman goes on the dramatize this elite in a number of ways and to slice and dice the data similarly.The 1 Percent of the 1 Percent
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Choose some one for each of the parts and dramatize the story.
Dramatize this lesson, and then draw a picture of the part you like the best.
Really to pasture on our recollections we ought to dramatize them.The Short Works of George Meredith
Oh, that we had had but time to try even to dramatize it ourselves.A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla
Arden, who was the most interesting writer of the three, was inclined to dramatize.The Orchard Secret
- (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 dramatize
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