Definition of dramatize in English:


(also dramatise)


  • 1Adapt (a novel) or present (a particular incident) as a play or film.

    ‘his play dramatized the plight of Maureen, a pregnant young woman’
    • ‘In one of a series of neoclassical translations of the Apollo myth, Finlay dramatises the story of Apollo chasing Daphne as the Virtuous Republic being chased by an over-ardent suitor in the guise of the young Saint-Just.’
    • ‘In Twisted Tales expect the unexpected in a series of compelling dramatised short stories.’
    • ‘The series dramatizes true stories remembered by the village's elders.’
    • ‘The novel has been dramatized, filmed, and translated and remained in print throughout the author's life.’
    • ‘He brings what one could only describe as a sort of musical choreography to his compositions that dramatises the scenario he depicts and complements his near poetic lyrics.’
    • ‘Along with improved narrative competence, I observed more cooperation, sharing, and collaboration as the children dramatized the stories.’
    • ‘I'm presuming that no-one in Birmingham is planning to dramatise this story in the near future.’
    • ‘But here is the crux of the problem - not just in this bombastic film title, but in the whole project of dramatizing the Christ story.’
    • ‘Instead, film-makers sensed the difficulty in dramatizing a story with so little dialogue and virtually no interaction between characters.’
    • ‘This year the children dramatised the story of ‘Babushka and the Three Kings’.’
    • ‘Instead, it focuses on documenting and dramatising a story that most everyone knows at least something about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the first time a British television station has attempted to dramatise the story of a living royal and is certain to be controversial.’
    • ‘The story is then dramatized by non-professional actors, though the nature of the tale changes with the tellers.’
    • ‘In the opening portion of the dance, Tuson and Olson dramatize a legend in which the wind is freed from its confinement by a bear.’
    • ‘Elements of this scenario were dramatised in the film, The Day After Tomorrow, with a knock-on effect that affected the global climate.’
    • ‘The story dramatized by Keetje Tippel is based on autobiographical writings by Neel Doff, a Dutchwoman who lived from 1858 to 1942.’
    • ‘Instead of dramatizing the story, one student would take the role of moderator and interview the main characters concerning the events outlined in the assigned book.’
    • ‘In Kerala and Karnataka, novels are immediately dramatised and even find their way to the silver screen.’
    • ‘The story was dramatized by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1930.’
    turn into a film, turn into a play, adapt for the screen, adapt for the stage, base a screenplay on, put into dramatic form, present as a film, present as a play
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    1. 1.1 Exaggerate the seriousness or importance of (an incident or situation)
      ‘she had a tendency to dramatize things’
      • ‘So I think the concern is always that it will dramatize the case and influence the jury in a way that can have, you know, an influence in the trial, obviously.’
      • ‘His conviction comes almost a year to the day after he appeared at a Capitol Hill briefing that dramatized the epidemic of undertreatment of pain in this country.’
      • ‘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 soldiers, too, dramatized how inhospitable the Platte country had become.’
      • ‘I assumed it was just my imagination; I tend to overanalyze, dramatize, these types of things.’
      • ‘As the epigram to this article demonstrates, militaristic language dramatized the contest beyond mere political fortunes.’
      • ‘They may not follow the actual occurrences but often dramatize the events in a popularized manner.’
      • ‘When I teach writing, I say it and say it again: To write a great book, you don't have to sail the seven seas, commit great crimes, dramatize, or even invent.’
      • ‘But I also think that there have been, you know, regular visits to Judy, for example, to dramatize her case.’
      • ‘His letter accuses the BBC of organising an event in order to ‘generate a false news story and dramatise coverage… intended to embarrass the Conservative Party’.’
      • ‘You never dramatize events; instead you allow beauty and ugliness to be exposed through their narrative contrast.’
      • ‘I don't want to dramatize my tales of tear gas and fear and outrage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After Jupiter went direct on April 4th, the ‘spin ‘intensified with many overly dramatized events.’’
      • ‘His spokesman strongly denied allegations that the government had dramatized the reunion to boost the ruling party's chances on Sunday.’
      • ‘He likewise never dramatizes a cultural crisis of meaning as a kind of descent into nothingness, madness, and absurdity.’
      • ‘Teng said she understood the media has to dramatize stories in order to increase viewership or sell papers.’
      • ‘He talked about the dog attack, but it was never really dramatized.’
      • ‘It is worth persevering, however, because the more one reads of this book, the more justified Grass seems in backing away from dramatising the disaster.’
      exaggerate, overdo, overstate, overemphasize, overplay, hyperbolize, overstress, magnify, amplify, inflate, catastrophize
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