melodramatize

[ mel-uh-dram-uh-tahyz, -drah-muh- ]
/ ˌmɛl əˈdræm əˌtaɪz, -ˈdrɑ mə- /

verb (used with object), mel·o·dram·a·tized, mel·o·dram·a·tiz·ing.

to make melodramatic.
to turn (a novel, story, etc.) into a melodrama.
Also especially British, mel·o·dram·a·tise.

Origin of melodramatize

First recorded in 1810–20; melodrama + (drama)tize
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British Dictionary definitions for melodramatize

melodramatize

melodramatise

/ (ˌmɛləʊˈdræməˌtaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to make melodramatic
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