Definition of dramatize in US English:


(British dramatise)


[with object]
  • 1Adapt (a novel) or present (a particular incident) as a play or movie.

    ‘the famous play that dramatized the Scopes trial’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The story dramatized by Keetje Tippel is based on autobiographical writings by Neel Doff, a Dutchwoman who lived from 1858 to 1942.’
    • ‘Instead, it focuses on documenting and dramatising a story that most everyone knows at least something about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 series dramatizes true stories remembered by the village's elders.’
    • ‘The story was dramatized by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1930.’
    • ‘Along with improved narrative competence, I observed more cooperation, sharing, and collaboration as the children dramatized the stories.’
    • ‘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 is then dramatized by non-professional actors, though the nature of the tale changes with the tellers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Twisted Tales expect the unexpected in a series of compelling dramatised short stories.’
    • ‘I'm presuming that no-one in Birmingham is planning to dramatise this story in the near future.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘This year the children dramatised the story of ‘Babushka and the Three Kings’.’
    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)
      ‘they have a tendency to dramatize things’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't want to dramatize my tales of tear gas and fear and outrage.’
      • ‘His spokesman strongly denied allegations that the government had dramatized the reunion to boost the ruling party's chances on Sunday.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘They may not follow the actual occurrences but often dramatize the events in a popularized manner.’
      • ‘He likewise never dramatizes a cultural crisis of meaning as a kind of descent into nothingness, madness, and absurdity.’
      • ‘He talked about the dog attack, but it was never really dramatized.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You never dramatize events; instead you allow beauty and ugliness to be exposed through their narrative contrast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the epigram to this article demonstrates, militaristic language dramatized the contest beyond mere political fortunes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 soldiers, too, dramatized how inhospitable the Platte country had become.’
      • ‘After Jupiter went direct on April 4th, the ‘spin ‘intensified with many overly dramatized events.’’
      • ‘But I also think that there have been, you know, regular visits to Judy, for example, to dramatize her case.’
      exaggerate, overdo, overstate, overemphasize, overplay, hyperbolize, overstress, magnify, amplify, inflate, catastrophize
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