[dram-uh-tahyz, drah-muh-]

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; < Greek drāmat- (see dramatic) + -ize
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
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Related Words for overdramatize

overplay, exaggerate, dramatize, act, overdramatize, overact

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(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 overdramatize



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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