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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.
Also especially British, dram·a·tise.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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for over-dramatize
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 over-dramatize
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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