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Definition of "dramatize" [dram•a•tize]

  • To adapt (a literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio. (verb-transitive)
  • To present or view in a dramatic or melodramatic way. (verb-transitive)
  • To be adaptable to dramatic form. (verb-intransitive)
  • To indulge in self-dramatization. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dramatize" in a sentence
  • "I can understand dramatizing/fictionalizing a movie about the Revolutionary War, but when we have actual footage and actual people who survived, why on earth would you need to/want to "dramatize" it?"
  • "Medvedev said he would not "dramatize" troubled ties between Russia and NATO and said NATO needs Russia more than Russia needs NATO."
  • "Medvedev said he would not "dramatize" troubled ties between Russia and NATO, and warned that NATO needs Russia more than Russia needs NATO."