verb (used with object), dram·a·tized, dram·a·tiz·ing.
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), dram·a·tized, dram·a·tiz·ing.
to express oneself in a dramatic or exaggerated way.
Also especially British, dram·a·tise.
Origin of dramatize
1770–80;Related formsdram·a·tiz·a·ble, adjectivedram·a·tiz·er, nouno·ver·dram·a·tize, verb, o·ver·dram·a·tized, o·ver·dram·a·tiz·ing.un·dram·a·tiz·a·ble, adjectiveun·dram·a·tized, adjectivewell-dram·a·tized, adjective
< Greek drāmat-
) + -ize
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Examples from the Web for dramatise
Historical Examples of dramatise
He offered to dramatise a burst of tears on Lemuel's shoulder; but Lemuel escaped from him.
Mr. Harris endeavours as much as possible to dramatise his sermon.
These bombs did but accentuate and dramatise an already developing problem.
Mr. Savile Clarke wrote on August 28th to ask his leave to dramatise the two books, and he gladly assented.
You are resolved that your course should dramatise the whole play and interplay of force and matter.
British Dictionary definitions for dramatise
Derived Formsdramatizable or dramatisable, adjectivedramatizer or dramatiser, noun
(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
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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