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dramatize

[ dram-uh-tahyz, drah-muh- ]
/ ˈdræm əˌtaɪz, ˈdrɑ mə- /
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

amplify, overstate, exaggerate, execute, overdo, show, perform, splash, burlesque, produce, present, act, enact, stage, playact, melodramatize, tragedize

Nearby words

dramatic unities, dramatics, dramatis personae, dramatist, dramatization, dramatize, dramaturge, dramaturgy, drambuie, dramedy, drammen
Also especially British, dram·a·tise.

Origin of dramatize

1770–80; < Greek drāmat- (see dramatic) + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for dramatize

dramatize

dramatise

/ (ˈdræməˌtaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to put into dramatic form
to express or represent (something) in a dramatic or exaggerated wayhe dramatizes his illness
Derived Formsdramatizable or dramatisable, adjectivedramatizer or dramatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for dramatize

dramatize


v.

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