Definition of dramatize in English:

dramatize

(British dramatise)

verb

[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along with improved narrative competence, I observed more cooperation, sharing, and collaboration as the children dramatized the stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The story dramatized by Keetje Tippel is based on autobiographical writings by Neel Doff, a Dutchwoman who lived from 1858 to 1942.’
    • ‘I'm presuming that no-one in Birmingham is planning to dramatise this story in the near future.’
    • ‘Elements of this scenario were dramatised in the film, The Day After Tomorrow, with a knock-on effect that affected the global climate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, it focuses on documenting and dramatising a story that most everyone knows at least something about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The story was dramatized by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1930.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The series dramatizes true stories remembered by the village's elders.’
    • ‘This year the children dramatised the story of ‘Babushka and the Three Kings’.’
    • ‘The novel has been dramatized, filmed, and translated and remained in print throughout the author's life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The story is then dramatized by non-professional actors, though the nature of the tale changes with the tellers.’
    • ‘In Kerala and Karnataka, novels are immediately dramatised and even find their way to the silver screen.’
    • ‘In Twisted Tales expect the unexpected in a series of compelling dramatised short stories.’
    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’
      • ‘He talked about the dog attack, but it was never really dramatized.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 spokesman strongly denied allegations that the government had dramatized the reunion to boost the ruling party's chances on Sunday.’
      • ‘I assumed it was just my imagination; I tend to overanalyze, dramatize, these types of things.’
      • ‘Teng said she understood the media has to dramatize stories in order to increase viewership or sell papers.’
      • ‘After Jupiter went direct on April 4th, the ‘spin ‘intensified with many overly dramatized events.’’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘As the epigram to this article demonstrates, militaristic language dramatized the contest beyond mere political fortunes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He likewise never dramatizes a cultural crisis of meaning as a kind of descent into nothingness, madness, and absurdity.’
      • ‘They may not follow the actual occurrences but often dramatize the events in a popularized manner.’
      • ‘But I also think that there have been, you know, regular visits to Judy, for example, to dramatize her case.’
      • ‘You never dramatize events; instead you allow beauty and ugliness to be exposed through their narrative contrast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't want to dramatize my tales of tear gas and fear and outrage.’
      • ‘The soldiers, too, dramatized how inhospitable the Platte country had become.’
      • ‘That means the Opposition Leader has deliberately misrepresented the situation in order to dramatise the situation for the sake of wedge politics.’
      exaggerate, overdo, overstate, overemphasize, overplay, hyperbolize, overstress, magnify, amplify, inflate, catastrophize
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Pronunciation

dramatize

/ˈdramətʌɪz/