sensationalize

[ sen-sey-shuh-nl-ahyz ]
/ sɛnˈseɪ ʃə nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), sen·sa·tion·al·ized, sen·sa·tion·al·iz·ing.

to make sensational.

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Also especially British, sen·sa·tion·al·ise.

Origin of sensationalize

First recorded in 1850–55; sensational + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM sensationalize

de·sen·sa·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), de·sen·sa·tion·al·ized, de·sen·sa·tion·al·iz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for sensationalise

sensationalize

sensationalise

/ (sɛnˈseɪʃənəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to cause (events, esp in newspaper reports) to seem more vivid, shocking, etc, than they really are
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