Definition of dramatize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdramətʌɪz/
(also dramatise)


[with object]
1Adapt (a novel) or present (a particular incident) as a play or film: his play dramatized the plight of Maureen, a pregnant young woman
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  • And, for the record, Mike Leigh's award-winning 1999 film Topsy-Turvey dramatised the story of the play's creation alongside song and dance.
  • Elements of this scenario were dramatised in the film, The Day After Tomorrow, with a knock-on effect that affected the global climate.
  • The novel has been dramatized, filmed, and translated and remained in print throughout the author's life.
turn into a play/film, adapt for the stage/screen, base a screenplay on, put into dramatic form, present as a play/film
1.1Exaggerate the seriousness or importance of (an incident or situation): she had a tendency to dramatize things
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  • That means the Opposition Leader has deliberately misrepresented the situation in order to dramatise the situation for the sake of wedge politics.
  • ‘The episodes are shallow, do not represent the issue in its magnitude and unnecessarily dramatises the situations,’ the letter signed by the board chairman, Vidya Shankar, said.
  • The ring announcers did a great job of not dramatizing the whole situation and throughout the show did not show any of the horror that had unfolded in the arena.
exaggerate, overdo, overstate, overemphasize, overplay, hyperbolize, overstress, magnify, amplify, inflate, catastrophize;
sensationalize, embroider, colour, heighten, expand on, aggrandize, dress up, touch up, embellish, elaborate, gild
informal make a big thing out of, blow up (out of all proportion), lay it on thick, ham up

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